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Administrator Co 2013 Gawad Career Executive Service Presidential Awardee


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.

Groundworks for Human Resource Development

Resource Speaker for the Quality Management System Orientation


Regional and assistant regional directors, division and section chiefs of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) attended the orientation on ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management System (QMS) held last November 24, 2014 at the DOJ-PPA Multi-purpose Hall in Quezon City.

The orientation was conducted in response to Executive Order No. 605 which directs the adoption of ISO 9001: 2008 QMS among all department of the Executive Branch, including all government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs).

During the half-day orientation, discussions were focused on the goal of ISO certification; QMS principles; structure of ISO 9001 QMS; elements and structure of management systems; mandatory requirements for the issuance of ISO certification and benefits of implementing ISO in the public sector.

Mr. Arnel D. Abanto, vice-president for center for quality and competitiveness of the Development Academy of the Philippines was the resource speaker during the orientation.

Introductory Course for new employees

Featured Events

Signing of Memorandum of Agreement


In line with this year’s celebration of the National Correctional Consciousness Week (NCCW) from October 24-31, 2014, the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with various government agencies and private organizations to promote public participation in the socialization and reintegration of Agency clients into society.

The signing of MOA which will be held on October 29, 2014, aims to formalize the commitment of the partner duty holders to crime prevention, treatment of offenders and administration of justice. Under the MOA, each party involve will provide services and assistance to the PPA in the rehabilitation of offenders. This assistance includes job opportunities, recommendations for employment, livelihood and scholarship programs, trainings/seminars and shelter for elderly clients.

The government and non-government organizations involve in the MOA are Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); Bureau of Corrections (BuCor); Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Gaitano Security and Investigation Services, Incorporated; and Haven for the Elderly.

Other activities of the NCCW celebration include information drive at the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City and the halfway house in National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Pang-unawa at Pagtanggap Mo – Susi sa Pagbabago Ko”.




Eleven (11) Volunteer Probation Officers underwent a two-day Leadership and Planning Workshop last September 25–26, 2014 at the DOJ-PPA Multipurpose Hall, DOJ Agencies Building in Quezon City.

Conceptualized by the Agency’s National Committee on Volunteerism (NCV), the seminar-workshop was conducted to prepare and develop a core group of the interim organization of volunteers which will be named Federation of Volunteer Probation Aides Association of the Philippines, Inc. (FEVPAP, Inc.).

The federation aims to register the new organization at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which will work on the advancement of all associations and volunteers in the country and to prepare for the national assembly of VPAs who will elect the national officers of the federation. The interim president of the federation is VPA Benjamin Leano from Region IV.

The two-day seminar workshop was comprised of three (3) modules with topics namely Leadership Theories and Styles (Module I), Managing Organizations (Module II) and Planning Concepts and Types (Module III). The workshop focused on planning for organization and drafting of the contributions and by-laws.

Resource speakers during the seminar-workshop were CPPO Judea Asuncion, Planning Division Chief Dra. Desiree Chiongson and AO V Pol Vincent Perocho.

Regional Bulletin

Family Day

PPA7 Family Day at Estaca Bay

PPA Region VII personnel celebrated yet another exciting get together as one family in celebration of Civil Service Month for the month of September 2014 with the theme, “Tapat na Serbisyo Alay ko, Dahil Lingkod Bayani Ako”. However, the Regional Management opted to adopt the DSWD’s theme, “Celebrating the Filipino Families: Resilient and Caring” to give emphasis on the camaraderie and fellowship of personnel having the same goal and direction. The same values are being inculcated to the clients as part of the Therapeutic Community (TC) way.

The activity was held at Estaca Bay, Compostela, Cebu last September 30, 2014, which was threatened by the mass transport strike and unfavorable weather condition, but the resiliency of the personnel made it possible. It was also a celebration of thanksgiving to the newly-promoted Regional Director Josefina N. Singco whose assignment will be in Region 11 due to her promotion which was highlighted by the giving of token of appreciation by RD Jeorgette C. Paderanga.