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Yap to inspect Iwahig prison rice farming PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 April 2008

Photo: Antonio GraceffoPUERTO PRINCESA CITY, April 17 (PNA) -- Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Arthur Yap will conduct an ocular inspection on the sprawling Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) which is being developed for massive rice production to help the country in addressing reported rice shortage.

City Information Officer AlRoben Go said Yap will personally inspect the colony which has developed most of its 26,000 hectares for massive rice production.

He said he received reports that Iwahig prison has initially harvested its produce.

The Bureau of Corrections, the city government led by Mayor Edward Hagedorn and the DA earlier forged an agreement to develop IPPF, being considered as “A Prison without a Wall”, into a rice granary.

"Under our agreement, the city government will provide the logistical requirements and assistance in the propagation of seedlings while the DA will provide technical support," he said.

Currently, the Iwahig penal farm has 150 hectares dedicated to seedlings production.

IPFF Superintendent Franscisco Abonales said the facility will soon be able to provide the seedlings not only for the project but also to the entire province.

The IPPF was originally set up in 1902 by the United States to house Philippine prisoners who had fought against the American colonization in the country.

Iwahig is unique among other penal institutions in the country.

Despite the fact that most of the 2,300 inmates have been convicted of homicide, the majority are minimum security prisoners and are thus not locked up within the colony.

Instead, these minimum security inmates live in dormitories and work on one of the many agricultural projects located within the prison farm.

Prisoners who are deemed to be at risk of escaping are confined to medium or maximum security areas, where they are monitored, but these prisoners comprise less than fifty percent of the Iwahig population. (PNA)


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