Diary of Francis Burton Harrison

December 24, 1935

Talk with Colonel Paulino Santos, director of Prisons, who assured me he believed Bilibid would be moved to the country at last –he would make his 3,000 prisoners work there and make money for the government. Touching on another subject, he strongly advocated a big river-control work for the Agno and Rio Grande Rivers, especially on the Candaba swamp project. Said they must be undertaken even if it takes one hundred years to complete –to assure the people they will not lose their crops by floods as has so often happened. Santos also advocated a coconut products industry here. Said the site of Bilibid is worth two million pesos, but should be made a park.

Big typhoon today.