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.
The Bureau of Corrections was founded in 1905. The eleven (11) bay leaves, which represent a decade per leaf, refer to the achievement and developments of BUCOR since its existence. It also cover the 112th anniversary of BUCOR where its first ever modernization law put into place.
The man-figure represents the Person Deprived of Liberty (PDL), who had undergone security and effective rehabilitation programs (prison railings with green background) through meaningful justice (justice symbol), is about to be released from prison facing the EAST where the sun rises which represent the free society and symbolized new hope. The seven rays of the sun further symbolized the seven (7) Operating Prison and Penal Farms of BUCOR.