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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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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.

Image for BSDC TrainingCongratulations, BSDC Class 12

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 .