There are four (4) major programs under the mandate of BJMP and they are the following:
- Inmates custody, security and control program.
- Inmates welfare and development program.
- Decongestion program.
- Good governance.
- Provisions of Basic Needs
All PDL under custody are provided with three (3) meals (breakfast, lunch and supper). Adequate supply of potable water is made available to them at all times. Likewise, upon admission, each PDL is issued his or her PDL uniform consisting of the yellow shirt and brown jogging pants. Hygiene kits are also distributed to the PDL on monthly or quarterly basis. Occasionally, the provision of basic needs for the PDL is supplemented by the food and non-food donations from local government units, non-government organizations, business sector and private individuals.
- Health Services
Health services for PDL consist of interventions towards the prevention, promotion, treatment of illnesses and rehabilitation. All PDL undergo medical assessment upon admission. During confinement, PDL are provided with health education and counseling, medical consultations, regular health monitoring, and provided medicines subject to availability. To maintain the physical health of PDL, they are allowed daily sunning and physical exercises.
- Educational Program
The educational program aims to provide opportunities for PDL to achieve mandatory education. For this reason, BJMP adopted the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education for the PDL to earn their elementary and high school diplomas. Teachers in the jail-based ALS are BJMP Personnel who are professional teachers and trained on the Instructional Method for ALS. In jails where there are no personnel trained to handle ALS classes, the ALS teachers would be coming from the Department of Education. All PDL enrolled in the ALS earn their respective Time Allowance for Teaching, Studying and Mentoring (TASTM) pursuant to RA 10592.
- Skills Training/ Enhancement Program
The objective of the skills training program is to equip the PDL with technical/vocational skills which they can use in seeking employment or starting their own business after release from confinement. To make the PDL as competitive as other potential job seekers, the skills trainings preferred are those accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) so that the PDL will be able to earn National Certifications. Thus, only the PDL who meet the eligibility requirements of the specific skills training program being offered can participate.
- Livelihood Program
The livelihood program presents income-generating activities to PDL during their confinement where they are able to earn for their personal upkeep and for financial support to their families. The capital for the livelihood project are either from BJMP for BJMP-funded projects or from the common fund of a group of PDL for non-BJMP funded projects. Examples of continuing and most popular livelihood projects of PDL are bags and purses, bonsai made of beads, pastries, rugs, paper crafts, and wood crafts. To help the PDL earn from these livelihood projects, the jail unit Welfare and Development Officer (UWDO) facilitates the sale of the products in display centers or livelihood caravans organized by the local government units and other service providers. In addition, online or e-marketing of PDL products is also run by the jail unit Welfare and Development Office.
- Behavioral Management/ Modification Program
BJMP implements the Therapeutic Community Modality Program (TCMP) to manage and modify behaviors of PDL with the goal of positively changing their thinking and behavior through structured group processes. The program endeavors to teach and model positive thinking, pro-social values, good decision-making, and positive coping. Through the program, PDL are trained on socially acceptable ways of behaving and relating with their fellow PDL and with personnel and visitors thereby fostering a therapeutic jail environment and maintaining a peaceful communal atmosphere.
- Interfaith Program
PDL are provided with the opportunity to practice their faith while under custody without discrimination, subject only to usual safety and security measures. The BJMP chaplains and imams provide different religious services such as but not limited to mass celebrations, communal prayers, spiritual counseling, catechism, and others. Religious organizations and their respective ministers/pastors and leaders are accredited by BJMP to facilitate their regular contact with PDL for the provision of religious services.
- Cultural and Sports Program
The cultural program aims to promote camaraderie among PDL, encourage the development of self-confidence and sharing of cultural talents as form of positive entertainment. Cultural activities allowed in jails include dance, singing, theatre/drama, and art workshops. Also, through this program, PDL experience some sense of social normalcy through the communal celebrations of socio-cultural events like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day, Christmas, Lent and Easter, Ramadan, local festivals and other similar activities.
- Paralegal Program
The main objective of the Paralegal Program is to address the overcrowding in jail facilities. Through the paralegal program, PDL are assisted in availing of the different early modes of release. Regional and jail paralegal officers conduct continuous informative seminars/orientations to PDL on their rights, modes of early release, and other paralegal/legal remedies which can be availed of by them. Other paralegal services include paralegal counseling and case follow-up in the courts by the jail paralegal officers.
The E-DALAW service is an alternative to the traditional face-to-face visitation between PDL and respective families. This service enables the PDL to connect with his/her family through a supervised video call and chat. The program is conceptualized specifically to cater to PDL whose family members cannot go to the jail for actual visit because of the long distance to the jail from the residence or workplace of the family members. However, in case of jail lockdown by reason of public health emergency where visitation is suspended, all PDL are allowed to use the e-dalaw to communicate with their families on equitable rotation basis.
- Provisions of Basic Needs