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PPA eyes strengthening of volunteer probation aides

Iloilo (5 October) -- The Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) 6 is undertaking the revitalization and strengthening of the Volunteer Probation Aide (VPA) Program for stronger community involvement in crime prevention.

PPA 6 Director Emitre Amoroso said the VPA program is mandated by Executive Order No. 468, dated October 11, 2005, which requires the office and its partner agencies to support the thrust.

Amoroso said to date, there are 907 VPAs organized into 28 VPA associations all throughout the region.

Amoroso also said that these volunteers render free services in the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders, especially probationers, parolees, or pardonees as well as in the administration of criminal justice.

A probationer is a person convicted by final judgment of a criminal offense and sentenced to imprisonment of not more than six years and is allowed by the court to remain in the community under the supervision of a Probation and Parole officer (PPO).

A parolee is a person convicted of a criminal offense who having served the minimum of his indeterminate sentence is released from prison by the Board of Pardons and Parole, subject to conditions it may impose.

A pardonee s a convicted person who having served a portion of his sentence is ordered release by the President subject to certain conditions.

Amoroso, also said that they intend to enhance the VPAs' role in generating active support from the community for the ultimate goal of a more sustainable peace and order situation.

She said the PPA is still looking for qualified, reputable individuals to act as VPAs. Volunteers must at least be 35 years old, with stable source of income, good reputation in the community without any criminal record, good health willing to prepare reports and to render service without monetary compensation.

In the scheduled briefing on VPA program on October 6, Amoroso said they hope to reach a mutually beneficial inter-agency partnership that can be highlighted through a Memorandum of Agreement during the 1st Regional Congress on the VPA on October 29 in Iloilo City. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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