Overview

As one of the five pillars of the Criminal Justice System, the BJMP was created to address growing concern of jail management and penology problem. Primarily, its clients are detainees accused before a court who are temporarily confined in such jails while undergoing investigation, waiting final judgement and those who are serving sentence promulgated by the court 3 years and below. As provided for under R.A. No. 6975, the Jail Bureau is mandated to take operational and administrative control over all city, district and municipal jails.

The Bureau has four major areas of rehabilitation program, namely: Livelihood Projects, Educational and Vocational Training, Recreation and Sports, and Religious/ Spiritual Activities. These were continuously implemented to eliminate the offenders’ pattern of criminal behaviour and to reform them to become law-abiding and productive citizens.

Although the workplace of the Jail Bureau is confined inside the portals of jail to safeguard inmates, nonetheless, the Bureau has an inherent function of informing the public of jail operations and other matters concerning the corrections pillar of the Philippines. Coincidentally, being a new and growing Bureau, BJMP aims to keep the public abreast of information regarding jail management and penology.

History

On January 2, 1991, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology was created thru Republic Act 6975 as a line Bureau under the Department of Interior and Local Government. The Jail Bureau is the upgraded version of its forerunner, the Office of Jail Management and Penology of the defunct PC/INP last headed by BRIG GEN Arsenio E. Concepcion.

As mandated by law, the BJMP shall operate under the reorganized Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Starting from scratch with 500 personnel in 1991 the BJMP weaned from its mother PC/INP as a mere component, to become a full-fledged bureau. Director Charles S. Mondejar took his oath of office on July 1 of 1991 as the first Chief of the Bureau.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology supervises and controls all district, city and municipal jails.

MISSION
To enhance public safety by ensuring humane safekeeping and development of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) in all district, city, and municipal jails for their reintegration to society.

VISION
A premier institution highly regarded by society for the secure and humane treatment of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) by its competent and motivated corps.

Function

In line with it’s mission, the Jail Bureau endeavors to perform the following functions:

  • Formulate policies and guidelines in the administration of all district, city, and municipal jails nationwide;
  • Implement strong security measures for the control of inmates;
  • Provide for the basic needs of inmates;
  • Conduct activities for the development of inmates;
  • Improve jail facilities; and,
  • Promote the general welfare and development of personnel.

Mandate

BJMP is mandated to direct, supervise and control the administration and operation of all district, city and municipal jails nationwide with pronged tasks of safekeeping and development of inmates.

Major Programs

There are four (4) major programs under the mandate of BJMP and they are the following:

  1. Inmates custody, security and control program
  2. Inmates welfare and development program
  3. Decongestion program
  4. Good governance

Organization and Key Positions

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, also referred to as the Jail Bureau, was created pursuant to Section 60 to 65, Chapter V, RA No. 6975, and initially consisting of uniformed officers and members of the Jail Management and Penology service as constituted under Presidential Decree No. 765. RA 9263 provides that the Bureau shall be headed by a Chief who is assisted by two (2) Deputy Chiefs, one (1) for Administration and another for Operations, and one (1) Chief of Directorial Staff, all of whom are appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the DILG Secretary from among the qualified officers with the rank of at least Senior Superintendent in the BJMP. The Chief of the BJMP carries the rank of Director and serves a tour of duty that must not exceed four (4) years, unless extended by the President in times of war and other national emergencies. Officers who have retired or are within six (6) months from their compulsory retirement age are not qualified to be appointed as Jail Director or designated as BJMP Chief.

The second officer in command of the BJMP is the Deputy Chief for Administration, the third officer in command is the Deputy Chief for Operations, and the fourth officer in command is The Chief of the Directorial Staff, all of whom carry the rank of Chief Superintendent. They are assisted by the Directors of the Directorates in the National Headquarters who carry the rank of at least Senior Superintendent.

The BJMP operates and maintains Regional Offices in each of the administrative regions of the country, headed by a Regional Director for Jail Management and Penology, with the rank of at least Senior Superintendent. The Regional Director is assisted by an Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, and Regional Chief of Directorial Staff, who are all officers with the rank of at least Superintendent.

The National Headquarters is the Command and Staff Office of the BJMP, and is composed of the Command Group, Directorates and Management Support Staff, namely:

COMMAND GROUP

  1. Chief, BJMP
  2. Deputy Chief for Administration
  3. Deputy Chief for Operation
  4. Chief of Directorial Staff

DIIRECTORATES

  1. Directorate for Personnel and Records Management
  2. Directorate for Human Resource Development
  3. Directorate for Operations
  4. Directorate for Inmates Welfare and Development
  5. Directorate for Logistics
  6. Directorate for Comptrollership
  7. Directorate for Program Development
  8. Directorate for Intelligence
  9. Directorate for Investigation and Prosecution
  10. Directorate for Information Communication and Technology Management
  11. Directorate for Health Service

SUPPORT SERVICES

  1. Office of Program Management
  2. Office of Legal Services
  3. Office of General Services
  4. Office of Accounting Services
  5. Office of Finance Services
  6. Office of Supply Accountable Office
  7. Office of Internal Audit
  8. Office of Chaplaincy Services
  9. Office of Community Relations Services
  10. NESJO

REGIONAL OFFICE

The BJMP operates and maintains Regional Offices in each of the administrative regions of the country, headed by a Regional Director for Jail Management and Penology, with the rank of at least Senior Superintendent. The Regional Director is assisted by an Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, and Regional Chief of Directorial Staff, who are all officers with the rank of at least Superintendent.

JAIL PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE

In every province, the BJMP operates and maintains a Provincial Jail Administrator’s Office headed by a Provincial Administrator, to oversee the implementation of jail services of all district, city and municipal jails within its territorial jurisdiction.

DISTRICT JAIL

Within large cities or a group of clustered municipalities, a District Jail headed by a District Warden may be established.

CITY AND MUNICIPAL JAILS

The BJMP operates and maintains City and Municipal Jails, each headed by a City or Municipal Warden, as the case may be.

OUR CORE VALUES

PRO.T.E.C.S.

  • PRO – Professionalism
  • T – Teamwork
  • E – Effeciency / Competence
  • C – Commitment
  • S – Self-Discipline

OUR CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Continous skills enhancement of personnel
  • Ability to establish linkages and Parnerships
  • Responsive Planning
  • Timely decision-making
  • Expedient implementation