The three (3) keys symbolized the three Century Prisons: the Old Bilibid Prison (1866), San Ramon Penal Farm (1870) and Iwahig Penal Colony (1904), integrated into one (1) office of the Bureau of Prisons.
The façade of the Bureau of Prisons with the iron bars and the post towers reflected the function of safekeeping of prisoners confined in its custody.
The seal signifies the productive and worthwhile activities that an inmate is engaged in while inside prison. The focus of an education as means of self-actualization and personal growth supported with sports, skills development and religious activities that would help him assume a new outlook in life. He is also engaged in various livelihood programs under the operation of agro-Industries to enable him to have employment opportunities once released.
The seal features a rehabilitated inmate (white) while in custody of the seven (7) prisons and penal farms (bars) thru educational, therapeutic, productive approaches and restorative justice. He looks forward to a brighter future (rays of the sun), but would need the assistance of his family and loved ones, the society and the church, for him to completely undergo transformation and re-integrates successfully in the community.
To maximize the assets value of the Bureau of Corrections to effectively pursue its responsibility in safely securing and transforming national prisoners through responsive rehabilitation programs managed by professional correctional officers
A world class correctional organization that provides an opportunity to develop professional disciplined, spiritually guided environment for Bureau of Corrections stakeholders and for inmates to become productive, responsible and law abiding citizen.
VIGILANCE - We are committed to enhance public safety by being responsive to the extreme demands of corrections duties.
INTEGRITY - We promote accountability, equity and exclusiveness by adhering to high ethical and moral standards.
EMPATHY - We intuitively treat everyone with compassion as we pursue our safekeeping and reformation responsibilities.
INNOVATIVENESS - We seek continuing advancement in corrections management in order to face emerging challenges and to optimize application of resources. MANDATE and FUNCTIONS
The BUREAU OF CORRECTIONS is an agency under the Department of Justice that is charged with custody and rehabilitation of national offenders, that is, those sentenced to serve a term of imprisonment of more than three (3) years. To carry out its mandate, the Bureau undertakes the following: •Confine persons convicted by the courts to serve a sentence in national prisons. •Keep prisoners from committing crimes while in custody.
•Provide humane treatment by supplying the inmates' basic needs and implementing a variety of rehabilitation programs designed to change their pattern of criminal or anti-social behavior. •Engage in agro-industrial projects for the purpose of developing prison lands and resources into productive bases or profit centers, developing and employing inmate manpower skills and labor, providing prisoners with a source of income and augmenting the Bureau's yearly appropriations. BUREAU OF CORRECTIONS has seven (7) operating units located nationwide, namely: 1.San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City;
2.Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; 3.The Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City; 4.Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Panabo, Davao Province;
5.The New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City;
6.Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro; and 7.Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog, Leyte
History of Bureau of Corrections
The Pre-colonial and Spanish Regimes
During the pre-colonial times, the informal prison system was community-based, as there were no national penitentiaries to...