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Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
Kawanihan ng Pamamahala ng Kulungan at Penolohiya
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Agency overview
Formed January 2, 1991
Jurisdiction Government of the Philippines
Headquarters 144, Mindanao Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City, 1106 Metro Manila
Motto Changing Lives, Building a Safer Nation
Agency executive US-O8 insignia.svg JDIR. ALLAN S. IRAL, CESE, Chief, BJMP
Parent agency Department of the Interior and Local Government
Website
www.bjmp.gov.ph

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The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology is an attached agency of the Department of the Interior and Local Government mandated to direct, supervise and control the administration and operation of all district, city and municipal jails in the Philippines with pronged tasks of safekeeping and development of its inmates, officially classed as persons deprived of liberty (PDL).[edit | edit source]

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History[edit | edit source]

It was created on January 2, 1991 by virtue of Republic Act No. 6975 also known as the Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990. Prior to its creation, the Office of Jail Management and Penology of then Philippine Constabulary - Integrated National Police was the agency handling the local penology of the Philippines. It aimed to separate the agency from the national police, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government.

Operations[edit | edit source]

The Jail Bureau, pursuant to Section 60 to 65, Chapter V, Republic Act No. 6975 amended by Republic Act No. 9263 (Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Professionalization Act of 2004), is 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 Secretary of the Interior and Local Government from among the qualified officers with the rank of at least Senior Superintendent in the Jail Bureau. The Chief of the Jail Bureau 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.

The Jail Bureau 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.

In every province, the Jail Bureau operates and maintains a Provincial Jail Administrator’s Office headed by a Provincial Administrator, who oversee the implementation of jail services of all district, city and municipal jails within its territorial jurisdiction. In large cities or a group of clustered municipalities, a District Jail headed by a District Warden may be established. The City and Municipal Jails, each headed by a City or Municipal Warden.

Command Structure[edit | edit source]

1. The President of the Republic of the Philippines 2. The Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (SILG) through: a. the Undersecretary for Operations, Department of the Interior and Local Government (UO, DILG). b. the Undersecretary for Peace and Order, Department of the Interior and Local Government (UPO, DILG). c. the Undersecretary for Public Safety, Department of the Interior and Local Government (UPS, DILG). d. the Assistant Secretary for Peace and Order, Department of the Interior and Local Government (ASPO, DILG). e. the Assistant Secretary for Peace and Security, Department of the Interior and Local Government (ASPS, DILG).

National Office[edit | edit source]

  • Chief, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (C, BJMP; highest ranking official with the rank of "Jail Director" equivalent to the 2-star Major General Officer in the military)
  • Deputy Chief for Administration, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (DCA, BJMP; with the rank of Jail Chief Superintendent equivalent to 1-star Brigadier General Officer in the military)
  • Deputy Chief for Operations, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (DCO, BJMP; with the rank of Jail Chief Superintendent equivalent to 1-star Brigadier General Officer in the military)
  • Chief of Directorial Staff, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (CDS, BJMP; with the rank of Jail Chief Superintendent equivalent to 1-star Brigadier General Officer in the military)

Directorates[edit | edit source]

  • Directorate for Personnel and Records Management
  • Directorate for Human Resource Development
  • Directorate for Operations
  • Directorate for Inmates Welfare and Development
  • Directorate for Logistics
  • Directorate for Comptrollership
  • Directorate for Program Development
  • Directorate for Intelligence
  • Directorate for Investigation and Prosecution

Support Services[edit | edit source]

  • Office of Program Management
  • Office of Legal Services
  • Office of General Services
  • Office of Accounting Services
  • Office of Finance Services
  • Office of Supply Accountable Officer
  • Office of Internal Audit
  • Office of Chaplaincy Services
  • Office of Community Relations Services
  • Office of Information & Communications Tech. Services
  • Office of Health Services
  • NESJO

Ranks[edit | edit source]

Officer ranks equivalent to the Military:

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

  • Jail Director (JDir.) - 2-star Major General (Chief of the Bureau; BJMP highest ranking official).
  • Jail Chief Superintendent (JCSupt.) - 1-star Brigadier General (Regional Director, Directorial Staff, Deputy Chief).
  • Jail Senior Superintendent (JSSupt.) - Colonel (3 Sampaguita Leaves) (Provincial Director, City Director).
  • Jail Superintendent (JSupt.) - Lieutenant Colonel (2 Sampaguita Leaves) (Jail Warden)
  • Jail Chief Inspector (JCInsp.) - Major (1 Sampaguita Leaf)
  • Jail Senior Inspector (JSInsp.) - Captain (2 Anahaw Leaves) (Doctor, Lawyer, Chaplain; Deputy Warden).
  • Jail Inspector (JInsp.) - Lieutenant (1 Anahaw Leaf) (Nurse, Social Worker, I.T. Officer, Technician, Engineer, Therapist, Teacher, Scientist, Accountant, Criminologist)

NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

  • Senior Jail Officer IV (SJO4) - Master Sergeant
  • Senior Jail Officer III (SJO3) - Technical Sergeant
  • Senior Jail Officer II (SJO2) - Staff Sergeant
  • Senior Jail Officer I (SJO1) - Sergeant
  • Jail Officer III (JO3) - Corporal
  • Jail Officer II (JO2) - Private First Class
  • Jail Officer I (JO1) - Private
  • Jail Officer (JO) - Basic Jail Internship
  • Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUP) - Civilian Employee

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