Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm released persons deprived of liberty through the good conduct time allowance as part of the National Correctional Consciousness Week (Photo from IPPF)

Around 56 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) will be released by the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) as one of the highlights of its reformation program in National Correctional Consciousness Week (NCCW) celebration from October 24 to 30.

Information officer CTO II Levi Evangelista said Tuesday that the PDLs to be released on October 26, Wednesday, are under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). It would be the second largest one-time release of IPPF through GCTA, following the 60 individuals released in July. 

The GCTA computation resumed in 2021 after it was temporarily stopped to give way for the revision of the Republic Act 10592 implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

“By tomorrow, Wednesday, we are expecting na makakapag-release tayo ng around 56 PDLs, may tinatawag kasi tayong Palawan case at outside Palawan case na iri-release– Ito ang pangalawa sa pinakamalaking release natin, yong nauna ay 60,” he said. 

The IPPF management opens the souvenir shop and resume the dancing inmates performances with the City Tourism Office during the opening of NCCW.(Photos from IPPF)

The NCCW is an annual bureau-wide activity that aims to provide PDLs with various activities such as sports, spiritual, livelihood, and legal problems. The week-long celebration is also in support of the prison management to the sports and recreation under reformation activities, he added. 

The IPPF management opens the souvenir shop and resume the dancing inmates performances with the City Tourism Office during the opening of NCCW.(Photos from IPPF)

Aside from the release of PDLs through GCTA, the IPPF also promotes the opening of its souvenir shop, which was temporarily closed since 2020 due to restrictions.The performance of the dancing inmates also resumed as the facility is now open to visiting tourists.

“Na-stop iyon pansamantala pero nagbukas na ito noong Lunes, matatagpuan na uli ‘yong souvenir items sa Building 4. Binalik natin di lang handmade products ng PDLs pati ating dancing inmates– Kapag lumapag ng Puerto Princesa, after ng city tour, last destination na pinunupuntahan ng turista ay ang Iwahig Penal Farm after Crocodile Farm,” he said.

The IPPF management opens the souvenir shop and resume the dancing inmates performances with the City Tourism Office during the opening of NCCW.(Photos from IPPF)

The tourists can also visit the historical buildings inside the IPPF, which usually hosts photoshoots and educational trips. 

The roads within the facility are now under construction to provide easier access to vehicles and tourists. The Balsahan Falls amenities are now under renovation after the damages caused by Odette.

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