PALO, LEYTE ‒ Volunteerism thrive from the Region once again as Parole and Probation Administration Region VII held their 2nd Volunteer Probation Assistant (VPA) Summit last August 24-25, 2017 at the Regional Educational Learning Center, Candahug, Palo, Leyte.
More than 100 volunteers from 12 Parole and Probation Offices (PPO) across the region participated during the summit. The volunteers were mostly retired professionals and former and incumbent government officials who voluntarily lend their time, treasure and talent to help the agency in attaining its goal.
Regional Officer-in-Charge, DOJ-PPA Region VII, Amy Helconida H. Sarmiento conveyed her heartfelt gratitude to the participants who attended the said event. In an interview, Sarmiento expressed utmost appreciation to the donors and host office, Tacloban City PPO, despite the event being postponed two times due to some unforeseen circumstances.
Also present during the event was former Assistant Regional Director of the Eastern Visayas, Susan B. Bornas.
The whole activity covered a number of sessions about the topics like Gender and Development (GAD) orientation and Customer Satisfaction Survey and issues dealt by VPA’s, Parolees and Probationers in the region.
New set of VPA officers were also elected during the second day of the event. Elected as the new president was Mr. Alexander Pingol. The said newly elected president had been a member of the organization for almost a year already.
“I told them that we should help each other because when we help each other, from provincial officers, down to municipal officers, with the full support of our PPA officers through Director, Amy Sarmiento, and other regional directors from other regions, we will be able to do more for our client because they are there to support us.” Pingol said in an interview after the event.
The VPA is looking forward implementing the projects which are necessary for welfare of their clients.
The summit was a two day event hosted this year by TCPPO. The next summit expected to happen on 2019.
Report by: Bill Germinal, Jhonpaul Lacson