SOME FACTS ABOUT THE BUREAU OF PRISONS (NOW BUREAU OF CORRECTIONS)

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  1. Brig Gen Vicente Ranjo Raval, former PC Chief, was designated as Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons (now Bureau of Corrections).  He was the longest reigning bureau chief on acting capacity, longer than those appointed to the position.  He was prison head for 11 years.
  2. BuCor had a ship before. It was called MV/Bupri.  It was used to transport inmates from Manila to all penal colonies including the produce of inmates from penal colonies to Manila.  Its disappearance remained a mystery up to this day.
  3. Former Reception and Diagnostic Chief, Francisco Ruivivar was for six years head of Bureau of Prisons RDC until he resigned and transferred to newly established Probation Administration office. He eventually became the Head of Probation Administration.
  4. Probation Administrator Manuel Co was formerly a Prison Guard in the Bureau of Corrections.
  5. The Bureau of Prisons was changed to Bureau of Corrections after the passage of Executive Order 252 or the 1987 Administrative Code.
  6. Architect Ronald Tanchinco, the contractor convicted for the Ruby tower collapse, started the handicraft business in the 1960s by introducing the Ship Wheel design, the precursor of all prison handicraft business today.
  7. Davao Penal Colony (now Davao Prison and Penal Farm) holds the record of the most violent prison facility in the country having on its track a series of gory gang massacres in the 60s, hostage drama in 70s up to the 90s, armory raid by insurgents in 2000s.
  8. Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (formerly Iwahig Penal Colony), a land-locked area, once had an aggregate land size of 40,000 hectares. 85% of its penal reservation is mountainous and forested areas.  Most endemic flora, fauna and animals found in the area are still unnamed and uncategorized yet.  It is even suspected by professional miners that the largest vein of gold runs through the mountains of the penal colony.
  9. In 1982, the Bureau of Corrections introduced the College Degree Program for Prisoners thru the initiative of the private sector (Rotary Club of Las Pinas) and the academe (Perpetual Help College of Las Pinas.)  The Degree course is on Bachelor of Arts major in Entrepreneurship (then a pioneering course) and has, to date, graduated hundreds of inmates already.
  10. In 2009, Davao Prison and Penal Farm introduced a college degree program for prisoners too. It is a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology offered by St. Ignatious College, an affiliate school of Ateneo de Davao.   The same school offered to prison officers an on-campus course on advanced and graduate studies in Theology where a number of them have graduated already.
  11. In early 1900s, the Prison Law was integrated in the Administrative Code of 1917. For a time, it served as the legal foundation of the Bureau of Prisons.  In 1987, the Bureau of Prisons was changed into Bureau of Corrections.  There were no changes in the manner how the Bureau will function except through the old law.  In 2013, Congress passed RA 10575 and was approved by the President.  It was the Bureau of Corrections Modernization Act of 2013.
  12. In 1905, there were only 800 inmates confined in the Bureau of Prisons. After 110 years, In 2015, there are now around 34,000 inmates serving time in the Bureau.
  13. The Old Bilibid Prison situated along Azcaraga St. (now Claro M. Recto Avenue) in Central District of Manila still stands and used as Manila City Jail. Relics of the the Old Bilibid can still be seen along with dilapidated shanties in the area across Isetahn Department Store (formerly Cinerama Theater).
  14. In 1905, the first Prison Director was a Lieutenant in the Armed Forces. Now, 2015, the Prison Director has the rank of Major General in the Armed Forces.
  15. Two Prison Directors were formerly heads of major law enforcement offices. Former Chief of Philippine National Police Oscar Calderon and Former Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines Dionisio Santiago.
  16. In 1905 to 1986, the Bureau of Prisons (now Bureau of Corrections) supervised local provincial, municipal and city jails aside from penal colonies all over the country. It was in 1986, after the passage of the Local Government Code, that supervision of local jails was effectively removed from Bucor function.
  17. In September 18, 2007, the Correctional Institution for Women in Mindanao was established within the prison reservation of Davao Prison and Penal Farm. It is the second facility for women offenders in the country.
  18. RA 10575 or the Bureau of Corrections Act effectively transformed the agency into a uniformed bureau like that of AFP, PNP, Firefighters and Jail Bureau. The retirement age also was reduced from 65 to 56.
  19. Army General Meliton Goyena’s period as Prison Director was given to intellectual formation, competent organizational handling and rational adherence to prison administration.
  20. Police General Vicente G. Vinarao had the rare distinction of having been appointed twice in the post as Prison Director. His administration was considered the high point of stern and stringent adherence to rules.
  21. Police General Pedro Sistoza’s term as Prison Director was marked with candid, open and honest management of resources.
  22. Army General Gaudencio Pangilinan’s stint as Prison Director vastly improved the facilities of the Bucor’s administration building; an accomplishment which can be considered as a combination of almost all structural accomplishments of all prison directors before him.
  23. Police General Franklin Bucayu holds the historical merit of having received the mandate of new laws on Corrections —Bucor Act of 2013 (RA 10575) and new Good Conduct Time Allowance (RA 10592). These legislative measures were initiated by former Prison Heads Vicente Vinarao, Oscar Calderon and Gaudencio. Pangilinan.
  24. Three members of the Supreme Court (2 Associate Justices: Justice Flerida Ruth Romero and Justice Adolf Ascuna and former Chief Justice Reynato Puno) were once active participants in prison programs.
  25. In 1996, the National Penitentiary was proposed to be transferred to Bulacan. It never gained any traction notwithstanding the fact that a land owner wanted to donate his land for this purpose.  In 1998, another proposal to relocate the National Penitentiary to Tanay province was made.  The site however was affected by a proposed construction of a Dam for Metro Manila waterworks.  Another site in Tanay province was eyed, a former lot under DENR.  Changes in prison leadership affected the project.  In 2013, another proposal was made.  The national penitentiary or NBP will be relocated in a parcel of lot within the AFP Training grounds of Laur, Nueva Ecija.  To date, the project is to be covered under the government’s PPP program.
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