Davao Prison and Penal Farm
The Davao Prison and Penal Farm is the first and one of the oldest and most recognized penal colonies in the Philippines. Located in Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte, the penal colony is sprawled at the vast Tadeco Banana Plantation.
Formerly known as the Davao Penal Colony,the Davao Prison and Penal Farm was built on January 21, 1932. It was established within a 5, 212-hectare of land and was supervised by Bureau of Corrections and the Department of Justice.
The Bureau of Corrections, alongside with the Department of Justice is geared towards the training and reformation of the prisoners. These two departments also aims to teach the prisoners how to read, write, do jobs like carpentry, wood carving, barbering, basic appliance repairing, plumbing, shoe making. By uplifting their literacy and awareness, the prisoners will learn how to be responsible citizens especially when out of the prison.
To date, there are approximately 2,863 prisoners detained at the Davao Prison and Penal. With them are around 187 jail guards and the colony's personnels.
The Davao Prison and Penal Farm has partnerships with the Tagum Agricultural Development Co. (Tadeco). Today, there are about 800 prisoners working for Tadeco's banana plantation.
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