Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Puerto Princesa

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For an eye-opening experience, head to Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. The prison was originally built in 1904 during the American occupation to home prisoners who were fighting against American colonization. Interestingly, in 1959 the government decided to distribute colonial land for cultivation to deserving colonists. Prisoners were divided into settlers and colonists, and those settlers who were approved were granted land to cultivate and develop. Today, the prisoners live in dormitories and work on various agricultural projects within the prison farm (except for high security prisoners). Visit the souvenir shop, where you’ll find various products on sale, all made from recycled materials and by the prisoners themselves. Money raised through the sale of souvenirs goes to supporting the prisoners' families. Use our Puerto Princesa travel itinerary maker to visit Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm on your trip to Puerto Princesa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Visited Iwahig for the morning specifically for birding, some good walks and forest trails. Had no problem getting access to the area.  more »
  • The Iwahig prison and penal farm is an interesting alternative to the many island hopping tours offered in the Philippines. We went there by tricycle and spoke to some inmates who were very friendly. ...  more »
  • This is an open prison that is apparently much desired by prisoners in the Philippines because of the lovely surroundings and the fact that they can live there with their wife and family. It is around...  more »