INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEER PROBATION AIDE PROGRAM
Volunteerism is a program of PPA aimed at generating maximum, effective and efficient citizen participation and community involvement in the process of client rehabilitation, prevention of crime and the overall administration of criminal justice. WHAT IS VOLUNTEERISM?
WHAT ARE THE LEGAL BASES FOR THE VPA PROGRAM OF THE PPA? Presidential Decree No. 968 permits the employment of Volunteer Probation Aides, specifically under Section 28 which states: “ To assist the Provincial or City Probation Officers in the supervision of probationers, the Probation Administrator may appoint citizens of good repute and probity to act as probation Aides. Probation Aides shall not receive any regular Compensation for services except for reasonable travel allowance. They shall hold office for such period as may be determined by the Probation Administrator. Their qualifications and maximum case loads shall be provided in the rules promulgated pursuant to this Decree.”
On October 11, 2005, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
signed Executive order No. 468
Revitalizing the Volunteer Probation Aide Program of the PPA to strengthen community involvement and participation in crime prevention, treatment of offenders and the administration of criminal Justice.
LEGAL BASIS This Executive Order provides the Coordination among Government Agencies, Non-Government Oganizations and People’s Organizations specifically under Section 3 which states: “ The PPA shall coordinate with other government agencies, non-government organizations and people’s organizations that are involved in developing programs related to volunteerism for the purpose of developing programs and attaining programs impact and synergy.”
LEGAL BASIS This Executive Order provides the Coordination among Government Agencies, Non-Government Oganizations and People’s Organization “ Specifically, the support and cooperation of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the National Police Commission, the Liga ng mga Barangay, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Justice, among Others, shall be tapped for the foregoing purpose.”
Give continued affection to the client, even when specific
behavior is unacceptable and build on whatever good points
Introduce new positive experiences into the client’s life.
Be aware of the primary responsibilities to PPA and client
Honor all commitments and be on time for all appointments
Consult with the PPA staff in doubt on any matter
Keep PPA staff informed of any important change
in client’s situation or of any significant incident
Be a good behavior model for the client in action and word
Participate enthusiastically in volunteer meetings and
Believe that human beings can change their behavior patterns
since the primary objective is to help the client’s reentry
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS? QUALIFICATIONS Preferably 35 years old A reputable member of the community and of good moral character Preferably a resident of the same community as the client
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS? QUALIFICATIONS Preferably with adequate source of income or financially able Willing to serve without compensation
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS? QUALIFICATIONS Able and willing to prepare monthly reports on his supervision activities Has no criminal record of conviction except former clients who have shown exemplary behavior and may therefore be considered as role models of their fellow offenders With adequate good health
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS? DOCUMENTS NEEDED Duly accomplished VPA application form Two ID (2x2) pictures Indorsement of and/or certification of Chief Probation and Parole Officer/Officer-in-Charge based on background investigation Recommendation of the Regional Director/ Regional Officer-in-Charge
application form and attachments, and prepares appointment
Administrator signs appointment for a two-year term
Community Services Division officially notifies the Regional
Directors of VPAs appointed
Secretary of Department of Justice attests appointment
VPA takes an Oath of Office administered by the Chief Probation
and Parole Officer/Officer-in-Charge concerned
PPA issues VPA ID to be surrendered upon termination or
revocation of appointment, or upon renewal of ID
HOW IS THE VPA APPOINTED?
WHAT IS THE TERM OF SERVICE? The VPA shall be appointed for two years by the Administrator through the Community Services Division and the National Screening Committee subject to renewal/revocation thereafter, upon the recommendation of the Regional Director.