The world of a prisoner is usually a grim one. Armed guards, cell blocks, rigid?
GV "Welcome" sign over entrance of colony with trusted prisoners guarding entrance gate (2 shots)
GV PAN OVER settlement houses
SV Family up road and into house
SV Interior family enter house and sit (2 shots)
GV Men and women working in paddy fields under supervision of one guard (3 shots)
LV Interior men working in workshop
CU Prison official looks on
SV Man working on lathe (2 shots)
CU Wood carvings done by prisoners
LV Pan off-duty prisoners playing 'Carim' (2 shots)
GV Prisoners playing basketball
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Background: The world of a prisoner is usually a grim one. Armed guards, cell blocks, rigid restrictions, and the almost total denial of freedom are a way of life. But this is not the situation for the 4,300 prisoners within the penal colony near Davao City in the Southern Philippines. Hundreds of prisoners are able to lead exactly the same life as people in any Filipino village. The men work an eight-hour day, their wives go shopping and the children go to school. Their only restriction is that they are not allowed outside the colony's perimeter. The penal colony has been run on these lines since it started in 1932. By working on the colony's main crops of rice, corn, and bananas, and prisoner earns enough to support his family. Later he is given his own land on which he can grow his own crops or raise cattle. With good conduct, he is given a title to the land at the end of his sentence.
The Davao Penal Colony is entirely self-supporting. The Philippine Government only pays staff salaries. All operating costs are covered by the sale of agricultural products or handicrafts. Colony superintendent Mr. Celerino Poyatos is satisfied with the results. Very few prisoners, he said, have trouble adjusting to life outside and many will opt to stay in the colony on their own plots of land for the rest of their lives as free citizens.
SYNOPSIS: This is the Davao Penal Colony in the Southern Philippines. It is the home for over four thousand prisoners. But unlike other prisons with their strict regulations and ever present modes of confinement, this institution affords prisoners a real world of freedom.
Hundreds of prisoners are able to lead exactly the same life as people in any Filipino village. The men work an eight hour day, their wives can go shopping, and the children to school. only restriction is that they are not allowed outside the colony's perimeter. The penal colony has been run on these li??? since it started in 1932. By working on the colony's main crops of rice, corn and bananas, an prisoner earns enough to support his family. Later he is given a title to the land at the end of his sentence.
The handicrafts that the prisoners work o??? help cover the operating costs of the colony. The Davao Penal Colony is entirel??? self-supporting and the Philippine Government only pays staff salaries. The colony industries have earned a good reputation for workmanship in the area.
The programme of allowing prisoners the opportunity to lead a normal life of recreation and work seems to be paying of Officials of institution report prisoners leaving the colony are accepted in society, that most adjust well to life outside, and many remain to plot their la??? as free citizens.