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Parole and Probation Office tutors stakeholders on restorative justice

Tacloban City (February 8) -- Several clusters composed of about three hundred fifty (350) Barangay Chairmen, Barangay Human Rights Action Officers, Police Officers and Volunteer Probation Aides (VPAs) in Tacloban City, are set to attend a two-day seminar of restorative justice starting February 8 until March 3, in two venues in the City.

The 350 participants will be divided into seven clusters, with each cluster composed of 50 participants, Ms. Jeanette B. Avorque, PPA-DOJ Regional Information Officer, said.

The first cluster composed of twenty-five (25) barangays is scheduled on February 8-9 at the Balyuan Convention Center while the seventh cluster is on March 2-3 in the same venue. Two schedules are set to be held at the DILG Conference Center.

PINSP Ma. Bella D. Rentuaya of the Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO), project proponent, in consultation with the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA-DOJ) Regional Office No. 8, informed that the main objective of the project is to educate the participants on the concept of Restorative Justice in order for them to resolve minor conflicts in the community using the RJ models.

These Restorative Justice Models include victim-offender mediation, conferencing, circle of support, and peacemaking encounter, which will be discussed by PPO II Lovella C. Libertad, PPA-DOJ 8 Regional RJ Coordinator.

There will also be speakers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) who will talk about the "PNP and the Community" and "Barangay Judicial System," respectively.

The participants will take part in Group Dynamics aimed at enhancing communication, decision-making, and assertion skills to be facilitated by PPA-DOJ personnel.

Restorative Justice is one of the thrusts of PPA-DOJ, which is being used by the Agency in the rehabilitation of its clients. It seeks to heal the effects of the crime or wrongdoing suffered by the respective stakeholders, which include the victim, the offender and the community with the end in view of preventing the further commission of crime and delinquency.

This joint project of PPA-DOJ and TCPO is funded by the City Government of Tacloban, Ms. Avorque said. (PIA 8) [top]

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