NEWS FLASH


OIC CO TAKES OATH AS PPA ADMINISTRATOR



Office-In-Charge Manuel G. Co took his oath of office as full pledge Administrator of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) on March 17, 2011 at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Witnessed by Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III and PPA-OIC Deputy Administrator Rodolfo Pascua, the oath-taking was administered by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. OIC Co was appointed PPA Administrator on March 4, 2011 by Presidnt Benigno S. Aquino III.

Administrator Co was designated OIC of the Agency upon the retirement of former Deputy Administrator Rosalio D. Balane on September 10, 2010.

Meanwhile, Regional Director Rodolfo P. Pascua of PPA-Region III was designated OIC-Deputy Administrator of the Agency through Department Order No. 184 dated March 14, 2011.




PPA SETS 2ND NATIONAL TC ENHANCEMENT TRAINING

    

To further and fully integrate the tools and methods of the Therapeutic Community (TC) Modality into the non-institutional environment of the Agency clients, the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) sets the 2nd National TC Enhancemment Training for probation and parole officers (PPOs) nationwide.

The training which will be conducted in two batches aimed to interweave TC tools, norms and principles with the requirements of probation and parole as implemented in the non-residential community-based setting of PPA rehabilitation program.

The first batch which was the Visayas/Mindanao group held its training last March 13-19, 2011 at the VICTO Seminar Haus in Cebu City while the second batch comprising of the Luzon group will be held on May 15-21, 2011 at the Sta. Catalina Spirituality Center in Baguio City.

Adopting the principle of a andragogy through the inductive or 4As as its training method, the course have six modules which enhanced implementer's skills in the integrated approach to the TC modality.  The modules include Introduction (Module I);  Values Clarification (Module II);  Integrating TC Phases in the Probation and Parole Setting (Module III);  Using Behavior Shaping/Healing Tools in the PPA-DOj non-residential setting (Module IV); Updated Perspective on the PPA-DOJ Treatment Modality (Module V) and TC Strategic Planning for 2011-2016 (Module VI).

Participants of the enhancement training were composed of the regional TC coordinators and regional TC team members.  Division Chiefs or Assistant Division Chiefs, participants from the Central Office, will join the Luzon group.

The 1st National TC Enhancement Training was launched in April 2007 with the goal of institutionalizing the realigned TC program of the Agency.



PPA AND COSLAP TURNOVER RITES


Per compliance with Department of Justice (DOJ) Circular No. 60 dated August 13, 2010 directing the deactivation of the Commission on Settlement of Land Problems (COSLAP), a turn over rites was made to formally transfer the office of the COSLAP and its equipments to the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA).

The turn-over rites led by PPA Administrator Manuel G. Co and COSLAP Commissioner Perla Y. Duque was attended by official and employees of the two agencies and the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP).

According to the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed earlier between PPA and COSLAP, the equipments and supplies together with the office space occupied by the COSLAP will be turned over to the PPA.  The Commission occupied a seven hundred fifty square meter (750 sq.m.) area at the third floor of the DOJ Agencies building.



PPA ADOPTS NEW SEAL


Parole and Probation Administration has a new seal.

The Office of the President through Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. had approved the new official seal of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) which was earlier submitted to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines for endorsement and registration.

The new seal that was conceptualized and finalized during series of executive conferences attended by all regional and assistant regional directors of the Agency depicted significant changes in the PPA over the 35 years of its existence.

Notable changes in the features of the new seal were the seventeen (17) spokes of the wheel which represents the Central Office and the sixteen (16) regional offices of the PPA, the glowing yellow background of the inner wheel signifying the brighter future of a rehabilitated offender and the strong Manila hemp cord which denotes the membership of the Agency in the Department of Justice family.



 

JAPANESE VPOs VISIT PPA


Two batches of Volunteer Probation Officers (VPOs) from Japan recently visited the Parole 
and Probation Administration (PPA) to have brief interaction with the local Volunteer Probation Aides (VPAs) and at the same time conduct observation tour of the Agency's volunteerism program.

The first batch of VPOs from Saitama Prefecture made courtesy call to the heads of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor),  PPA and mayors of cities of Makati and Sta Rosa.  Likewise, they conducted tour of the Muntinlupa Halfway house and handicraft shops inside the compound of the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in addition to the jail visits in Sta. Rosa City, Cabuyao, Biñan and San Pedro, Laguna.

On the other hand, VPOs from Shibetsu Prefecture conducted a dialogue and interaction with officials of the Agency about its Volunteer Probation Aide (VPA) program.  During the dialogue, a brief presentation on the history of the PPA and the volunteerism program were viewed by the Japanese VPOs.