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39th AnnivesaryANNIVERSARY MESSSAGE

It gives me great pleasure to greet you all as we celebrate our 39th founding anniversary and 22nd Probation and Parole Week on July 18-24, 2015.

This year’s theme “Sustaining Its Dynamism Towards Effective Interplay of Environmental and Societal Changes” clearly defines the pathway we are threading in our pursuit to be felt in the global arena of community-based corrections. The recently concluded 3rd ASEAN Plus Three forum on Probation and Community-Based Rehabilitation serves as an initial step in entering the wider spectrum of a competitive ASEAN corrections community. The knowledge and experiences we gain from that forum will surely contribute to the advancement and progressiveness we aim to achieve since the implementation of Presidential Decree No. 968, The Probation Law of 1976.

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Administrator Manuel G. Co ink MOA with Former Director Emetri J. Amoroso, founder of Hilway

PPA INKS MOA WITH HILWAY

The Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Hilway, a private and non-profit organization, for the conduct of a joint project entitled “Search for Outstanding Therapeutic Community Ladderized Program (TCLP) Implementers”

Held last January 27, 2015 at the PPA-Central Office, the MOA signing was headed by Administrator Manuel G. Co and former PPA Director Emetri J. Amoroso, Hilway originator. The event was attended and witnessed by the regional directors and division chiefs.

Under the MOA, the PPA will launch the Search, disseminate the implementing guidelines, organize and conduct the awarding ceremony. Likewise, the Agency through the TCLP Search Committee will screen the nominees submitted by the regional offices and provide counterpart funding for awards and prizes, travel expenses of committee members and validators.

On the other hand, the Hilway will sponsor the major prizes for the winners of the Search and bear the expenses incurred by its representative during meetings and validation activities.

The search is consisted of four (4) field office categories namely outstandingly commendable, highly commendable, very commendable and commendable. Each category will have five (5) winners wherein cash prizes ranges from P20,000.00 to P5,000.00. moreover, a P10,000.00 incentive will be given to the regional offices of the top five (5) field office implementers.

The objective of the Search is to support the PPA’s goal of excellence in its rehabilitation program for the clients; enhance the implementers’ enthusiasm; strengthen personnel knowledge, attitudes and skills and raise professional standards in the rehabilitation of clients and promote public recognition and support for the PPA’s rehabilitation programs. The Search will cover the period January 2015 to December 2016.

 

 

Year-End Bulletin

policy directionPOLICY DIRECTION FOR 2015

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

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Administrator Co 2013 Gawad Career Executive Service Presidential Awardee

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.

Groundworks for Human Resource Development

Resource Speaker for the Quality Management System Orientation

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

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.