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PIA Press Release
2009/10/26

October 26-30 is National Correctional Consciousness Week

Tacloban City (October 26) -- The 15th National Correctional Consciousness Week is being celebrated all over the country on October 26-30, 2009 with the theme "Rehabilitasyon: Susi sa Magandang Kinabukasan, Ating Pag-ibayuhin at Palaganapin."

The Bureau of Corrections of the Department of Justice and the other correctional institutions, as component of the justice system, play a critical role in dispensing justice, in particular, and maintaining peace and order.

Through the Bureau of Corrections, the correctional institutions provide for the effective safekeeping and rehabilitation of offenders. The rehabilitation component is undertaken through educational, therapeutic, productive, and restorative practices that look at offenders as humanely and as constructively as possible.

As the primary correctional agency that provides custody and rehabilitation of convicted prisoners who are sentenced to serve more than three years of imprisonment, the Bureau of Corrections, an agency under the Department of Justice, works with many other agencies.

The Bureau of Corrections believes that the support of the community is most important in the rehabilitation of national offenders.

One of the primordial mandates of the Bureau of Corrections is the effective rehabilitation of prisoners; thus, various programs are in place to address the rehabilitation aspect in corrections.

Rehabilitation in correctional work is done through a combination of programs that involves spiritual activities, educational courses, both formal and informal, medical and hygienic practices, cultural and recreational activities, productive work, counseling, therapeutic and disciplinary measures.

After the basic needs of an inmate are met, the formal rehabilitation process involves the following institutionalized programs: Inmate Work program, health care, education and skills training, recreation and sports, religious guidance and behavior modification using the therapeutic community approach.

The term "rehabilitation" entered the official jargon of corrections in the country in 1955. This was when the Geneva Convention introduced the United Nations Standards on the Treatment of Prisoners to which the country is a signatory. Considered a breakthrough in protecting the rights of the incarcerated or those under the custody of law, rehabilitation has become the principal goal of corrections.

Rehabilitation was first applied in medical practice. It came from the Latin word "habilis" -- literally, fit or suitable. Its meaning was expanded to mean "to restore to sound operation" or "to reestablish the good reputation".

It is for this reason that the Bureau of Corrections leads in the celebration of the annual National Correctional Awareness Week, an event that hope to develop among the public a positive perspective on the role of correctional institutions.

With an unwavering belief and an unending advocacy to maintain the dignity of man, the men and women of Bureau of Corrections and the offenders under its custody deserve to be given the support they need. (PIA 8) [top]

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