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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.


Organizations 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

Directorates

      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 Communications 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 and Competence

PRO.T.E.C.S.

PRO - Professionalism
T - Teamwork
E - Efficiency / Competence
C - Commitment
S - Self-Discipline


Core Competence

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