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Parole and probation system in Region 8 saves for gov't P22.3M in 2007

Tacloban City (January 22) -- The government saved an estimated P22,239,661.00 in 2007 through the parole and probation system in Region 8, Director Arturo Gabrieles informed. This is in addition to the fact that the parole and probation system preserves human dignity and promotes family solidarity, Director Gabrieles added.

This amount represents the maintenance cost of prisoners which is now at the rate of P40.00 per day for every inmate, Ms. Jeanette B. Avorque said.

The Parole and Probation Administration Region VIII came up with the said figure by deducting the total amount of its annual expenditure for regional operations, P19,019,939.00, from the annual cost of prisoners' maintenance amounting to P41,259,600 if its 2, 826 clients last year remained in jails/prisons and were not able to avail of probation, parole and executive clemency.

Said 2,826 clients have been placed under the supervision of twenty-one (21) probation and parole officers assigned to the twelve (12) field offices of the agency throughout the region comprised of Tacloban City PPO, Leyte PPO, Baybay City PPO, Ormoc City PPO, Calbayog City PPO, Maasin City PPO, Biliran PPO, Southern Leyte PPO, Samar PPO, Eastern Samar PPO, Northern Samar PPO No. 1 and Northern Samar PPO No. 2.

Volunteer Probation Aides who have chosen to be case supervisors likewise assist in the supervision of the agency's clients and are given a maximum of five (5) clients for supervision.

In 2007, Miss Avorque said, PPA-DOJ was able to utilize thirty-nine (39) VPAs as case supervisors. Other VPAs prefer to be resource persons who extend support in terms of either technical or financial assistance for the rehabilitation programs of the field offices.

The clients, while under the supervision of the Office, undergo various rehabilitation activities such as individual and group counseling, spiritual and social reformation, values formation, tree planting, cleanliness drive, job placement, medical mission, and sports festival.

The clients also undergo literacy and skills trainings, among others, to enable them to become productive and economically independent taxpayers, not tax eaters.

All these are aimed at rehabilitating and reforming the clients of the agency in preparation for their reintegration into the community. (PIA 8/Jeanette Avorque PPA8) [top]

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