ADMINISTRATOR CO RECEIVES AWARD FROM CES
Administrator Manuel G. Co of Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) was one of the presidential awardees of the 2013 Gawad Career Executive Service (CES) which was held last November 12, 2014 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
Administrator Co, whose career in PPA started in 1981 as Probation Inspector, was appointed head of the Agency by President Benigno S. Aquino III in March 11, 2011. Prior to his appointment as PPA Administrator, he was a Regional Director assigned in the National Capital Region. Other positions he held were Assistant Regional Director from November 1999 to 2004 and Chief Probation and Parole Officer from 1992 to 1999.
His career in PPA was highlighted with various accomplishments which include strengthening linkages and spearheading collaborations efforts in engaging community partners in implementing restorative justice principles at work. As an advocate of Restorative Justice (RJ), Administrator Co formulated the initial policy guidelines of RJ in the PPA. He was also responsible for tapping technical and funding assistance from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in intensifying the Agency’s program for Children’s in Conflict with the Law (CICL). He likewise supported the Therapeutic Community Modality as treatment intervention for the Agency clients.
It was under his administration that the Agency established alliances with other government and non-government agencies to improve the welfare of the PPA clients. Various Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) were finalized and implemented. These include MOA with the Block Rosary Crusade of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Sikatuna First Baptist Church, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP), Haven for the Elderly and Gaitano Security and Investigation Services.
In addition to these functions as PPA Administrator, he was twice designated as Officer-in-Charge of the BuCor. The first was in May 2011 and the second was in August 2012.