October 18, 2017: *** The newly-restored Holy Trinity Parish Church of Loay is formally turned-over on Sunday October 15, 2017 from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to the Diocese of Tagbilaran through Bishop Alberto Uy. ***For the very first time, Bohol landed among the 14 finalists in the search for thr Most Business-Friendly Province in the country. ***PDEA-Bohol Head Agent Nicholas Gomez admitted that the drug problem in Bohol persists despite the reduction of supply of shabu coming from Cebu. *** The administration of the Bohol District Jail is now planning to acquire an x-ray machine as part of its crackdown on the entry of contraband into the jail facility, said BDJ Warden Jail Chief Insp. Felipe Montejo. *** DILG-Bohol conducted People's Forum on Federalism on October 17, 2017 at JJ's Seafood Village with city/municipal information officers and CSO/Faith-Based Representatives as participants. ***Schools across the province are expected to conduct make-up classes in lieu of class suspensios due to the two-a nationwide raspot astrike, according toDepEdBohol SchoolVGovernace and Operations Division Chief Desiderio Delgero. ***The province is bent on making history by getting a UNESCO recognition as a global geological park, the first for Philippines. ***The symbolic unveiling of the Geomarker at the Chocolate Hills Complex on Sunday will boost Bohol's application for UNESCO declaration of the entire province as a global geological park.

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, October 4, 2012 (PIA)—Believing in the innate goodness of man and his capability to straighten his ways given the chance, government authorities now ask well-meaning civic-minded individuals to help. 

Help comes in helping a clearly undermanned Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) monitor individuals who may have slipped and committed crimes but have been granted probation, explained Raquelito Rollan, Bohol PPO chief. 

Probation is a sentence whereby the convict is released from confinement but is still under court supervision, and instead of a prison term, he is released to family members on conditions specified by the probation officer, according to Rollan. 

But, he added, probation officers needed to supervise clients are getting more and more occupied, saying the in Central Visayas alone, there are already 4,500 clients needing monitoring. 

Probation officers work with socially handicapped offenders, supervising those who are serving non-custodial sentences. They conduct offender risk assessments to protect the public, and ensure offenders' awareness of the impact of their crime on their victims and the public, adds PPA officer in charge Georgette Paderanga, during a visit at the Philippine Information Agency. 

It is also the task of probation officers to manage and enforce the court ordered conditions which involve the offender doing activities such as unpaid work, attendance to programs aimed at changing offenders' attitudes and behavior and alcohol or drug rehabilitation, she explained. 

Because of this task, probation officers regularly interact with offenders, their victims, police and with local authorities, social services, and a wide field of voluntary sector partners. 

All of these, to make sure that the offender under probation can get back to the social mainstreams, probation being a less costly alternative to imprisonment to first time offenders who are most likely to respond to individualized community based treatment programs. 

But the acute problem of few probation officers push to the surface the critical need to complement it with Volunteer Probation Aides (VPA), OIC Paderanga said. 

VPA is a strategy wherein the PPA can get maximum community help where good standing citizens can volunteer to assist probation officers in supervising clients and design along with PPA programs that bring about community healing and facilitated mainstreaming of the probationer in the future, she added. 

It’s more like a big-brother / big sister in the community whom the probationer can run to in times of problems or crisis, Rollan describes the VPA. 

Persons of legal age, in good health, financially stable and willing to supervise a client are what PPA needs in the volunteer program. 

The help can also come in being resource individuals for values formation seminars, livelihood skills trainings and client assessments, on a voluntary basis. The Department of Justice, which also exercises supervision of the PPA approves the VPAs and issues the appointment papers for such task, Rollan concludes. (30/hd)

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