Bureau of Corrections

Republic of the Philippines



Philippine Standard Time

Wednesday 29 May 2024

Mandates and Functions

Safekeeping and instituting reformation programs to national inmates sentenced to more than 3 years.

Legal Basis

    •  Reorganization Act 1407 of the Philippine Commission established the Bureau of Prisons on November 1, 1905 under the Department of Public Instruction.
    • Administrative Code of 1987Section 26 renamed the Bureau of Prisons to Bureau of Corrections on November 23, 1989.
    • Republic Act No. 10575, otherwise known as the “Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013” which was signed on 24 May 2013, provided for the modernization, professionalization, and restructuring of the Bureau


    • Safe keep prisoners convicted by courts three (3) years and one (1) day and above to serve sentence in prison.
    • Keep prisoners from committing crimes while in BuCor’s custody.
    • Provide inmates basic needs as human beings.
    • Ensure rehabilitation programs are made available to the inmates for their physical, intellectual and spiritual development.
    • Develop livelihood programs to assist inmates earn a living and develop their skills while in prison