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Co Speaks at JICA’s TCTP in Japan and Integrated Offender Management Training Course in Thailand

Administrator Manuel G. Co of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) was invited by the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offender (UNAFEI) as visiting expert and lecturer for the Preparatory Meeting for Third Community Training Program (TCTP) of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) last September 26-30, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.

Attended by participants from Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Myanmar, Vietnam or CLMV and also one lecturer from Thailand, Administrator Co lectured on the community-based corrections in the Philippines. His topic and discussion served as a vital input to the development of community-based treatment of offenders in the countries of CLMV. In his lecture, he presented and explained the Philippine Criminal Justice System with the emphasis on the Corrections Pillar wherein the PPA he is heading is included. He also highlighted the programs adopted by the Agency in the rehabilitation aspect of its function such as the Therapeutic Community (TC) Modality, Restorative Justice (RJ) and the Volunteer Probation Assistants (VPA) program.

According to Administrator Co, the meeting in Japan was in preparation for the TCTP, which will start on February 2017 in Thailand. The purpose of the Japan meeting was to identify issues related to the introduction of community-based treatment systems in the CLMV countries for effective implementation of TCTP; share issues and necessary information related to the treatment of offenders and related legislation particularly concepts of punishment and treatment of offenders in the penal codes of CLMV countries; understanding each country’s needs and interest in developing their respective systems of probation and parole and building relationships and enhancing motivation among the participants of TCTP.

Meanwhile, prior to the meeting in Japan, Administrator Co was also invited as guest resource speaker in the Training Course on Integrated Offender Management in ASEAN last August 15-19, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. His topic was the “Probation System and Offenders Rehabilitation in the Philippines”, which gave the participants a full view of the country’s current community-based corrections implementation. The said training course was attended by corrections practitioners from Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. A study visit to Thailand Immigration Detention Center also highlighted the five-day training course.

“Attendance to both meetings was part of the PPA’s regional commitment to help other countries in the ASEAN region through knowledge sharing, capacity building and developing international cooperation on treatment of offenders. This is in line with the ASEAN Plus Three Probation and Non-Custodial Measures Cooperation”, Administrator Co emphasized.

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PPA Exceeds 2015 Performance Target

The Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) has exceeded its performance target for calendar year 2015.

In a report submitted by the Planning Division to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting System on February 20, 2016, the PPA surpassed its 2015 performance target in terms of all its major output namely Investigation, Supervision and Rehabilitation.

Under Investigation output, the Agency handled 25,953 cases, which were 2,027 higher than its target of 23,923. Meanwhile, a 99.49% accomplishment rate against its target of 94.66% was obtained on probation investigation recommendations sustained by the courts or Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP). This was derived from the 90.08% accomplishment rate gained by the Agency on investigation reports completed and forwarded to the same offices.

Under Supervision aspect of the Agency’s mandate, a significant increase was recorded on the number of supervision cases handled. In 2015, 50,798 clients were supervised wherein 98.32% complied with the terms of probation and parole conditions. It is worthy to note that 100% rate of supervision recommendations sustained by the courts and BPP was accomplished by the Agency against its target of 91.26%.

In Rehabilitation aspect of the PPA output, 2,063 volunteer probation assistants (VPAs) were recruited for the same period, which resulted to 9,446 total VPAs currently supervised by the Agency. Out of these VPAs, 83.93% was mobilized for the rehabilitation program of clients, which was 8.77% above the target. On the other hand, the Agency delivered an additional 291,222 intervention services to clients from its target of 262,382 that totaled to 553,604. This was the result of successful linkages to various local government units, inter-agency cooperation and generous assistance of non-government, civic and religious organizations.

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ICAP Cast Votes for New Board of Trustees

Fifty –nine members of the Integrated Correctional Association of the Philippines, Inc. (ICAP Inc.) elected a new set of Board of Trustees for CY 2016-2018 during their Annual General Assembly on March 2, 2016 held at the Multi-Purpose Hall, Parole and Probation Administration-Central Office.

The newly elected Board of Trustees are PPA Administrator Manuel G. Co, J/C Supt. Doris Remedios-Dorigo, Ms. Mercedes Foronda, Ms. Tess Gomez, Atty. Michael Vidamo, Bro. Rudy Diamante, Ms. Janette Padua, Ms. Perla Aldaba, S/Supt. Carol Borrinaga, Ret. S/Supt. Amy Talento, and Mr. Gerry Bernabe. The Board who will serve for two years will vote for the next President and other officers of the organization.

Present during the General Assembly (GA) were ICAP members from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) Central Office and National Capital Region, representatives from the Prisoner’s Rehabilitation and Empowerment Service Organization (PRESO, Inc.) and Covenants, Las Piñas Prison Volunteers, and seminarians from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The key agenda of the GA were ICAP’s Road Map and Program Thrust for 2016, updates on the association’s advocacy efforts and election of new Board of Trustees for 2016-2018.

ICAP is a non-stock, non-profit corporation and is an affiliate of the American Correctional Association in the United States.

Global Collaboration

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Administrator Co Attends 2nd World Congress on Community Corrections and APPA Training Institute

Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) Administrator Manuel G. Co attended the 2nd World Congress on Community Corrections and 40th Annual Training Institute on July 12 – 16, 2015 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles, California, USA upon the invitation of American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and International Community Corrections Association (ICCA).

The objective of the said events was to bring together community corrections leadership professionals from all corners of the world to share effective practices, promising initiatives and challenges faced in providing services to those being supervised by justice systems.

Participants of the events were key representatives from public and private community corrections organisations such as probation, parole, pre-trial and community corrections around the world.

In the training institute, Administrator Co was one of the presenters in the discussion and workshop concerning ASEAN Community Corrections with topics on good practices, roles of volunteer probation officers in offender rehabilitation, throughcare and referral information system from prison to probation, and therapeutic community treatment in community-based setting.

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INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND BEST PRACTICES HIGHLIGHT ASEAN PLUS THREE FORUM ON PROBATION

Delegates handling probation and non-custodial measures from different ASEAN member nations pushed for the establishment of international cooperation and development of best practices during the 3rd ASEAN Plus Three Forum on Probation and Community-Based Rehabilitation held on May 19-21, 2015 at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City.

During the three-day forum, participants identified significant factors in developing international cooperation which include interim supervision, transfer of offenders, sharing case information, and review of relevant legislations. Likewise, best practices from some member nations were also reported including those of the Philippines, which were presented by Parole and Probation Administrator (PPA) Administrator Manuel G. Co.

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Groundworks for Human Resource Development

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PPA Held Series of ITAPS Seminar

The Office of the Ombudsman, Quezon City in coordination with the Training Unit of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) headed by Officer-in-Charge / Chief Administrative Officer Jose Bonifacio Orendain conducted three batches of seminar on Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Public Service (ITAPS) for all Central Office officials and employees. The seminars were held on April 28, May 5 and June 9, 2015, respectively at the DOJ-PPA Multi-purpose Hall in Quezon City.

The seminar, which is a newly crafted program of the Ombudsman, aimed to increase the level of awareness of all government personnel regarding their responsibilities as public servants to prevent engagement in corrupt practices.

The resource persons were Ms. Lourdes P. Salazar – Director of National Integrity Center, Atty. Ana Maria Paz Banaag – Graft Investigator and Prosecution Officer, Mr. Lorenzo Ballete III – Graft and Corruption Prevention Officer and Ms. Agatha Kristine Palencia.

The seminar consisted of four (4) modules: Module I – Understanding Corruption, Module II – Penalizing Corruption (RA 3019), Module III – Answering to the People: Accountability of Public Officers (RA 6713) and Module IV – Mirror Imaging the Self: Making a Difference in Public Service.

To strengthen the lectures on the abovementioned subjects, the speakers organized brief workshops and activities such as listing down of causes and effects of corruption, answering case studies, charade, self-assessment, and formulating “My Integrity Plan”.

The first batch of participants headed by Administrator Manuel G. Co himself, included all the division chiefs and section chiefs of Central Office. The succeeding batches were composed of other Central Office personnel.

The core message of the training is: although there are many causes and effects of corruption there is only one way to avert from the “usual custom”. Though unpopular and difficult, it is to uphold integrity. Pressure and temptation will always be there, but with integrity, a public servant will always see to it that public service comes first.

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The Basic Supervisory Development Course (BSDC) Class 12 concluded on June 26, 2015, Friday with a simple graduation rites. The seminar, which ran for a week from June 22 – 26, 2015 held at the Multi-purpose Hall, Parole and Probation Administration-Central Office (PPA-CO) in Quezon City was handled by the Training Unit of the Administrative Division.

Aimed at helping these middle managers in the Agency to be an effective and efficient supervisor, the course discussed subjects such as Personal Effectiveness (Day 1), Transition (Day 2), Leaders and Managers (Day 3), Organizational Communication (Day 4) and Organizational Effectiveness (Day 5). Designed for (unit) supervisors, the seminar helped them align their personal values with the organizational values, develop management leadership, manage communications and conflict in the workplace, and building teamwork.

The 50 participants of BSDC Class XII were from the following regions: Central Office – 7, CAR – 1, Region I – 2, Region II – 2, Region III – 3, Region IVA – 2, Region VII – 12, Region VIII – 7, Region IX – 2, Region X – 5, CARAGA – 1 and NCR – 6. They comprised of Section Chiefs (CO), Probation and Parole Officer (PPO) IIs, Senior PPOs, Supervising PPOs and Supervising Administrative Officer (CO). In his welcome remarks during the first day of the seminar, Administrator Manuel G. Co explained that he allowed section chiefs from Central Office to attend the training because they have staff under their supervision.

The resource persons were: Ms Faith Ramos Castro-Brazil, a freelance Human Resource Management/Development Specialist and Consultant, Educator, Communications Specialist and a Publications Writer/Editor; Mr Thomas Jesus A. Revuelta, Jr, a professor and HRM/Communication Media Practitioner; and Mr. Gabino Sagarino .