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DOLE, TESDA, PPA inked agreement for parolees

 

 

 

Making big mistakes in life is part of human nature, as well as reconciliation. But, do people really deserve second chances? The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) said, “Yes! Without reservations.”

If you will put yourself in the shoes of a parolee, perhaps, you would say that, “I have no future. No one will trust me again.” But the government knows no one, as long as you need the assistance and necessary interventions.

The 14th day of June 2017 marks the beginning of second chances for the probationers, as the three (3) government agencies forged a Memorandum of Agreement to provide the parolees with livelihood program upon gaining their freedom.

A Story of Success

It was 2012 when the convergence of DOLE and PPA started in the Province of Batangas. Mr. Simon Quitain, a probationer identified by PPA was granted with a livelihood assistance amounting to a start-up capital of P5,000.00. But as per Mr. Quitain, the amount will suffice when combined with passion, willingness and hardwork. Until he got out of PPA’s supervision, Mr. Quitain bear with him the tailoring industry that he had started.

And this year, as part of the annual recognition of the Best DOLE Assisted Livelihood Program, Mr. Quitain vied and was conferred the same award under the Individual Category. He was awarded with a Plaque of Recognition and a cash amounting to Php30,000.00 that he can use for the enhancement of his livelihood.

It is the reason why the convergence was leveled up into the regional level; for the probationers to be productive and to reintegrate them back in the community.

Commitment Setting

The ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement was held last 14 June 2017 at the WODP Training Center, DOLE Regional Office IV-A. It was attended by no other than Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita of DOLE IV-A, Director Edita K. Buemio of PPA IV-A. TESDA was also involved for the provision of skills training, represented by Provincial Director Pascual Arriola, in behalf of Director Nenuca E. Tangonan.

It was also attended by the Assistant Regional Director of PPA Region IV-A, Chiefs of Parole and Probation Offices in the province, selected cities and municipalities, Provincial Directors and Heads of DOLE Region IV-A and TESDA Region IV-A.

Provided in the signed agreement, the PPA shall be in-charge of the identification of qualified beneficiaries, as well as the assistance on the preparation of necessary documentary requirements pursuant to existing rules and regulations of the DOLE. Social preparations and technical assistance shall also be done, as well as the monitoring and inspection of the activity and financial reports of the beneficiaries.

Being the agency mandated to provide skills enhancement and trainings, the TESDA shall provide the parolees with necessary training programs to further enhance their capacity. Assistance shall also be given for the issuance and/or renewal of certificates as proof of their competence.

On the part of the DOLE, the agency shall provide the parolees with livelihood assistance in in the form of materials, tools, jigs, kits and equipment, and provision of micro-insurance to the beneficiaries. For smooth implementation of the project, an orientation shall also be provided to ensure that technical and administrative concerns relative to the program are adequately addressed. Together with PPA, monitoring and inspection shall also be done.

Part of the ceremony is the discussion of DOLE livelihood assistance led by Sr. LEO Angel N. Ordoño being the Program Manager. TESDA Laguna Provincial Director Pascual Arriola also discussed the process of their skills training and certifications.

Director Campita committed an amount of Php10,000,000.00 (Php2,000,000.00 per province), covering 500 beneficiaries.

The three (3) agencies are in the same sight of erasing the stigma that parolees, considering their past misbehaviors, have equal chances to become productive members of the society.

By:

JORGE MANUEL C. LAUDE
TSSD-EW LCO-Designate

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