Iwahig Penal Colony

The Iwahig Penal Colony is a facility that is managed and run by the Department of Justice, so one immediately feels a sense of security upon entering the compound.  Upon entering, what greets you is a typical Philippine traditional landscape of farmers planting rice in a lush green field with a mountain serving as its backdrop. The only difference here is that these are prison inmates, who are doing all the farming and trying to build and master what could potentially be their future source of livelihood.

Iwahig was established by the Americans in 1904 to supply food to other prisons all over the country. Iwahig has since become synonymous to finely handcrafted bags and other souvenir items all made by the inmates. In the prison without walls, inmates tend vast farms instead of idly spending time behind bars and the success factor here has been remarkable to say the least.