Before the calendar turns a new leaf over, before the social networking sites get flooded with messages, before the mobile networks get congested, let me convey my very best wishes and sincere thanks to all of you as we wrap up an eventful 2014 and wish you a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
The past 12 months have been marked by noteworthy achievements and changes. As we reflect on the past year, I believe that we have many reasons to have enormous pride in our accomplishments and look forward with enthusiasm to next year.
We have optimized the Agency’s operations through systematic expansion of services such as the inclusion of supervision of person on release on recognizance; and judicious utilization of limited Agency resources so as to obtain results in the best manner possible with the least expenditures of time, effort and money. We have developed a more efficient and up-to-date system for the collection, collation and analysis of data relative to probation, parole, suspended sentence, community service, voluntary confinement, and release on recognizance caseloads and their management. We have recruited qualified employees and volunteer probation aides and nurtured their continuing professional development. Moreover, we have progressively polished staff and line services through adequate personnel supervision and periodic evaluation particularly through the implementation of the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS). The SPMS is a mechanism that links employee performance with organizational performance to enhance the performance orientation of the compensation system. Consequently, this leads to the formulation of the Individual Performance Commitment and Review (IPCR) and the Office Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR). We have actively participated in the government’s jail decongestion program, and International Day of Cities for Life/Cities against the Death Penalty. We have generated greater public and inter-agency support for probation and parole systems through an integrated and systematic public information program. In terms of the information and communications technology program, the Agency is one of the implementers of the Single Carpeta System under the flagship project of the Department of Justice System (DOJ) dubbed as National Justice Information System (NJIS).
In this regard, I commend the employees of the Parole and Probation Administration for your endeavor in continuously offering your time and skills in the service of our people particularly the clients we served, thereby fully supporting the government’s aspirations for the country, in general and the Filipino people, in particular.
With the birth of the New Year, 2015, the Agency is envisioned to obtain a certification on Quality Management System (QMS) from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The Agency has visualized the development and roll out implementation of the Integrated Inmate Information System to be pilot tested in the National Capital Region (NCR). Likewise, as part of upgrading the Agency’s IT equipment, hopefully, distribution of laptops and desktops will be carried out through the Government-wide Medium-term Information and Communication Technology Harmonization Initiative (MITHI). In addition, the Agency is expected to go on live in the utilization of the fiber optic communication highway. In terms of human resource management, the Agency will enhance the structure of the examination utilized in the selection and promotion of personnel. Likewise, the Administration will develop programs which seek to develop in the clients the opportunity to recognize their ability to work and help themselves, and projects which accord to their human dignity will be undertaken to ensure effective rehabilitation. Periodic review and improvement of existing investigation and supervision rules and procedures are also lined up for implementation particularly on release on recognizance for speedy delivery of frontline services. With regard to human resource development, capacity-building programs will be formulated to orient, train and develop personnel by improving their skills, knowledge, and competencies required to perform well on the job. By offering programs designed to promote personal and professional career growth, the personnel will enable the Administration to improve efficiency and productivity. These human resource development programs will pave the way for identifying performance gaps and enabling individuals to achieve short-term and long-term career goals. Moreover, planning and budgeting strategies will be re-engineered to deploy processes for translation of strategic targets into comprehensive, well-vetted annual operating/capital budgets. Accordingly, building a set of analytical resources, meaningful reporting, and methodologies will be conceptualized to enhance decision-making support of the management. Furthermore, the Agency will continuously uphold inter-agencies and international agencies cooperation and coordination specifically on the active participation in the ASEAN + 3 Summit on Probation and Non-Custodial Measures. Next year the Administration will take the lead in managing the said Summit. The summit aims to enhance correction and reformation system in rehabilitating offenders and formulate schemes for crime prevention among the ASEAN nations.
At this juncture, the New year is like a new sunrise of hope, prosperity, and happiness. It is similarly a new beginning of thoughts, words, and actions. It represents a new day of energy, strength, and ideas. It is like a bunch of whole new things of prayers, friends, and love.
May the New Year give you the strength to face the challenges of life and courage to adjust the sail so as to take every situation to your stride.
ADMINISTRATOR MANUEL G. CO