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How to join the BUCOR | Recruitment Cycle 2022

The Bureau of Corrections (Filipino: Kawanihan ng mga Bilangguan, literally “Bureau of Prisons”, which was the name of the agency from 1905 to 1989; abbreviated BuCor) is an agency of the Department of Justice which is charged with the custody and rehabilitation of national offenders, who have been sentenced to three years of imprisonment or more. The agency has its headquarters in the New Bilibid Prison Reservation in Muntinlupa.

Interestingly, the Bureau of Corrections is looking for 1,000 Corrections Officers and 133 Non-Uniformed Personnel with gross monthly salary of Php 37,338.00, who are committed and qualified individuals who carry with them the spirit of integrity, vigilance, God-fearing, and innovativeness. Come and join the BuCor in attaining its volition and vision of a Modernized Institution and Correctional Facility in the Philippines through the restoration of ethics, fair-mindedness, orderliness, righteousness, and morale.

BuCor is proud to announce the launch of this year’s One-Stop-Shop Recruitment Booth happening from November 7 to 18, 2022, at the National Headquarters, New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Reservation, Sunken Garden, Muntinlupa City. Also, the booth is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Interested? Read the information as follows:

What are the General Qualifications?

No person shall be appointed as uniformed personnel of the BuCor unless he/she possesses the following minimum qualifications:

  • A Citizen of the Republic of the Philippines;
  • A Person of good moral character;
  • Must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, drug, and physical tests for the purpose of determining his/her physical and mental health;
  • Must possess a baccalaureate degree from a recognized learning institution;
  • Must possess the appropriate civil service eligibility;
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged of dismissal for cause from previous employment;
  • Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude; and
  • Must be at least one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57) m. in height for males, and one meter and fifty-two centimeters (1.52) m. for females: provided, that a waiver for height  and age requirement/s may be granted to applicants belonging to the cultural communities

* The age limit for applicants for Corrections Officer I as per R. A. 10575 or “The Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013” is forty (40) years old. However, those above thirty-six (36) years of age will have to sign a waiver agreeing that they may not be able to qualify for the full retirement benefits afforded to a Uniformed Officer of BuCor.

Prior to the submission of application folders, applicants MUST HAVE the following:

  1. BIR Number
  2. PAG-IBIG Number
  3. PhilHealth Number

What are the Requirements for Submission?

  • Corrections Officer Applicants: LONG WHITE FOLDER
  • Non-Uniformed Personnel Applicants: LONG YELLOW FOLDER

FOLDER 1 (Tabbed)

  • Letter of Intent
  • Three (3) duly accomplished and notarized original copies of the Personal Data Sheet (PDS, CSC Form 212) with attached Work Experience Sheet
  • Two (2) Authenticated Certificates of Eligibility with Original Receipt (OR)
    • *For PRC eligibilities, a Certificate of Board Rating must be submitted
  • One (1)authenticated copy of Transcript of Records (TOR)
  • One (1)authenticated copy of School Certification/Diploma
  • One (1) original PSA Birth Certificate with OR
  • One (1) original PSA Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • One (1) original PSA Birth Certificate of Child with OR (if applicable)
  • One (1) original copy of valid NBI Clearance
  • One (1) original copy of valid Local Police Clearance
  • Two (2) latest IPCR ratings for former/active government employees
  • NCIP or NCMF certification for applicants who do not meet the height requirement

FOLDER 2 (Tabbed)

  • One (1) duly accomplished Personal Data Sheet (PDS, CSC Form 212)
  • One (1) original copy of valid NBI Clearance
  • One (1) Photocopy of Local Police Clearance
  • One (1) original Barangay Clearance
  • One (1) original RTC, MTC & Prosecution Clearance
  • One (1)PSA Birth Certificate
  • One (1) original PSA Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • One (1) Authenticated copy of Certification/Diploma
  • Original Certificate of Employment
  • Passport (if any)
  • Original & Notarized waiver to undergo B.I.
  • Sketch of house/residence from landmarks
  • 2 pcs. of latest 2×2 pictures

How to Apply

Interested and qualified applicants must submit all the necessary documents in any of the following units:

  •  BuCor National Headquarters’ Human Resource Division (Muntinlupa City)
  • Correctional Institution for Women (Mandaluyong City)
  • Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (Puerto Princesa, Palawan)
  • Leyte Regional Prison (Abuyog, Leyte)
  • Davao Prison and Penal Farm (Panabo City, Davao del Norte)
  • San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm (Zamboanga City)
  • Sablayan Prison & Penal Farm ( Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro)

Do you have any inquiries?

For more information and details regarding the Bureau of Corrections recruitment, please stay updated on BUCOR-Recruitment Section or you may contact the Human Resource Division at (02)8850-0062 or (02)8659-0832.

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Brief History

Corrections in the Philippines started during pre colonial times. It was however organized on individual community basis. It was only during the Spanish regime when an organized corrective service was made operational.


The main penitentiary was the Old Bilibid prison in Oroquieta Street, Manila, which was established in 1847 pursuant to Section 1708 of the Revised Administrative Code. It was formally opened by a Royal Decree in 1865. About four years later or on August 21, 1869, the San Ramon prison and penal farm in Zamboanga City was established to confine Muslim rebels and recalcitrant political prisoners opposed to the Spanish rule. The facility, which faces Jolo sea, has the Spanish-inspired dormitories and originally set on a 1,414 hectares sprawling estate.

When the Americans took over in the 1900s, the Bureau of Prisons was created under the Reorganization Act of 1905 (Act No. 1407 dated November 1, 1905) as an agency under the Department of Commerce and Police. It also paved the way for the re-establishment of San Ramon Prison in 1907 which was destroyed during the Spanish-American War. On January 1, 1915, the San Ramon Prison was placed under the auspices of the Bureau of Prisons and started receiving prisoners from Mindanao.

Produce were transported through rail tracks, a mode which the Americans introduced to prison.

Prisoners had to contend with dilapidated facilities within the cramped area.

Before the reconstruction of San Ramon Prison, the Americans established in 1904, the Iuhit penal settlement (now Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm) on a vast reservation of 28,072 hectares. It would reach an aggregate total land area of 40,000 hectares in the late 1950s. It was located on the westernmost part of the archipelago and far from the maintown to confine incorrigibles who the government had found little hope of rehabilitation. The area was expanded to 41,007 hectares by virtue of Executive Order No. 67 issued by Governor Newton Gilbert on October 15, 1912.
Other penal colonies were established during the American regime. On November 27, 1929, the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) was created under Act No. 3579 while Davao Penal Colony in Sourther Mindanao was opened in 1932 under Act No. 3732. The CIW was fo7unded to provide separate facilities for women offenders and to cater to their gender difference. To date, it is the lone women’s prison in the country.

Owing to the increasing number of committals to the Old Bilibid Prison in Manila, the New Bilibid Prison was established in 1935 in a southern suburb of Muntinlupa, Rizal. The old prison was transformed into a receiving center and as a storage facility for farm produce coming from the colonies. It is presently abandoned and under the jurisdiction of the Public Estates Authority.

Prisoners have to build their basic housing areas using materials available in the prison reservation.

After the American regime, two more penal institutions were established. These were Sablayan Prison and penal farm in Occidental Mindoro under Proclamation No. 72 issued on September 26, 1954 and Leyte Regional Prison under Proclamation No. 1101 issued on January 16, 1973.
The Bureau of Prisons was renamed Bureau of Corrections under the New Administrative Code of 1987 issued on November 23, 1987 and Proclamation no. 495 of the President. It is one of the attached agencies under the supervision and control of the Department of Justice. 

Source: Bureau of Corrections

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