San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm

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San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm

The San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm is situated in Zamboanga City, Philippines. It was established to house the Muslim rebels and prisoners opposing the Spanish leadership. The prison is right in front of the Jolo sea and is sprawled within a 1, 414-hectare property.


Brief History

It was on August 21, 1869 when the San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm was built. Decades later, when the Americans took over the country, the Bureau of Prisons was created under the supervision of the Department of Commerce and Police.

Due to the havoc wreaked by the Spanish-American war, the penal farm was destroyed. In 1907, it was then re-established and started to house prisoners from Mindanao. By 1915, it was placed under the protection of the Bureau of Prisons.


Because of the establishment of the San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm, a barangay named after it, was also formed. At the present, the prison also attract many visitors and foreigners because of its beauty and breath-taking view.

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