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PIA Press Release
2008/02/12

PPA-DOJ Tacloban conducts info drive on restorative justice, volunteerism in therapeutic community

Tacloban City (February 12) -- The Parole and Probation Administration Tacloban Field Office is scheduled to conduct a massive info drive in the ten areas of Tacloban City this month of February in order to inform the people about restorative justice, the need for volunteerism and the evolvement of a therapeutic community in order to attain lasting peace in society.

This was informed by Ms. Lynlyn Corpin, the head of the PPA Tacloban Field Office, who, together with Mr. Edward Gobenciong, was guest at the recently concluded Harampang Ha PIA.

Ms. Corpin said that not all offenders who have meted their sentences are put to prison, but are released and placed under the supervision of a probation officer subject to conditions which the courts may impose.

Those who are qualified to apply for probation are those that have sentences 6 years below, and usually first offenders.

Restorative Justice is the major thrust of PPA-DOJ, the ultimate objective is to restore the broken relationship between the victims and the offenders and to help the offenders becoming productive members of the society once again

Aside from the probationers, the parolees and those granted executive clemency are the clients of the PPA. Considering the limited number of probation supervisors and the number of probationers in Tacloban which is more than 1,000, there is a need for more volunteer probation aides in the city of Tacloban.

This is the reason why a massive information drive has been scheduled to be conducted in the various areas of Tacloban City, to be able to generate maximum citizen participation of community involvement in the overall process of client rehabilitation. Since the volunteers reside in the same community as that of the clients, they are able to usher the reformation and rehabilitation of the clients hands-on.

This will lead on to the Therapeutic community modality that is being used by PPA. The primary therapist and teacher is the community itself, consisting of peers, staff and probation officers and volunteer probation aides who as role models of successful personal change, serve as guides in the recovery process. (PIA 8) [top]

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