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Iwahig Penal Colony (Puerto Princesa)

Posted by admin on September 26, 2007

The colony encompasses a 37-hectare scenic farm planted with coconut palm trees, rice, and other crops cultivated by the prisoners and their families. The prison has about 4,000 population and many inmates live with their families in so-called rehabilitation areas. Within the farm is Balsahan River, known for its cascading waters coming from the nearby mountain. Iwahig is more like a modern farm, rather than a prison, where prisoners toil their farms unguarded and are allowed to earn an income by working in the many shops which turn out various handicrafts, most popular of which are the handcarved items made of mahogany wood. The farm is definitely a good shopping stop for tourists.

It is located in Barangay Iwahig, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, 35 minutes by tricycle from the city proper. One can take a jeepney along Valencia Street or may hire a tricycle/private vehicle going to the penal farm. It is located 16 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa.

5 Responses to “Iwahig Penal Colony (Puerto Princesa)”

  1. avigail vitasa said

    maybe its a challenge to work in that place…God Bless and More Power!

  2. doug stewart said

    This colony is so much more civilized than any prison in the United States. We simply lock people in cages and forget about them. If they are not hardened criminals when they go in they will be when they come out. We do not rehabilitate: we only punish.

    We lock up more people per capita than any other country and it is going to get worse. We are now letting for profit corporations to build and operate prisons. The more profit to be made the more people we will put in cages.

    At least 2 judges in our country recieved millions of dollars in bribes to convict juveniles (children) unjustly and sentenced them to private prisons in exchange for cash.

    God bless tghe people of the Philippines for giving these human beings a second chance.

    • doben said

      Iwahig is the first to impose rehabilitative punishment.. we call it prison without walls …. we give second chance to criminals to redeem themselves while serving sentence— so far so good —“IT IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”

  3. diane said

    NO TO CUTTING OF TREES INSIDE THE COLONY! LET THE TREES REMAIN…FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.

    • carlomagno t castillo jr said

      YOU ARE CORRECT DIANE.AND NO DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS WITH HISTORICAL VALUE AND SELL THE CENTURY OLD WOODS,BALUSTRE AND THE LIKES. WHERE IS HOUSE NO 1 IN INAGAWAN SUB COLONY?WHO SELL IT.

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