Written by: Carleen D. Salas
PNVSCA continues to engage advocacy efforts to government instrumentalities in mainstreaming volunteerism in national agencies’ plans and operations. In line with this, Executive Director Donald James D. Gawe paid a visit to the officials of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) along Diliman, Quezon City on April 25, 2022 to explore partnership in advancing the goals of the volunteerism agenda and framework plan. PPA is implementing the Volunteer Probation Assistant Program (VPA) pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 968 under Section 28.
PPA Chief Probation Officer Danilo Capili started off the meeting with a warm welcome and an introduction of PPA’s existing volunteer engagement – the Volunteer Probation Aide (VPA) Program. The VPA program’s mission is to promote the rehabilitation and development of PPA clients through a competent corps of volunteer service network using the holistic approach in volunteer and community resource development. VPA socio-demographic report as of the 1st Quarter of 2022 was also presented by PPA’s Senior Probation Officer Rosario T. Labastida. The report features that there are 8,558 VPAs around the country distributed according to region, gender demographics, civil status, religion, educational background, age, and occupation.
PPA also provided PNVSCA with a copy of VPA’s Code of Ethics and a consolidated statistical report on VPA mobilization which was further discussed by Mr. Capili. He mentioned that PPA’s goal is to keep the percentage of VPAs mobilized at 100% as this serves as a standard to serve clients better.
ED Gawe was pleased to see PPA’s presentation of the VPA statistics in the country. He expressed hope that may all agencies/offices with a volunteer program would gather statistics as part of monitoring. Director Gawe added that PPA’s attendance to trainings on monitoring and evaluation would further expand their capacity. PPA OIC Deputy Administrator Diray shared to the group that to be able to mobilize any volunteer program, a good relationship with the local government units needs to be established. He added that as Filipinos, volunteering is already in our blood, thus, creating volunteer programs must not be complicated as long as we know how to present and manage this wisely.
OIC – Deputy Administrator Diray along with OIC Administrator Alcala have agreed with ED Gawe to establish a memorandum of understanding between PNVSCA and PPA to strengthen the partnership and commitment for further collaboration. Both parties are looking forward to work together in the mobilization of VPAs.
The author is currently the Volunteer Service Officer of the Policy, Advocacy and Technical Assistance Division, Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency.
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