PPA – Dagupan Chief Mulls Options for Meeting Clients

July 24, 2020 at 5:41 am Leave a comment

DAGUPAN CITY – The leadership of the Parole & Probation Administration (PPA) that covers this city and four towns mulls about the feasibility of the regular half-a-day once a month meeting for the clients whose traditional gathering was disrupted by the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease-19 that ensued in the country early this year.

Chief Probation and Parole Officer Rowena DC. Ordona cited her options how to meet her office’s duty to mentor the regulars as mandated by law.

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AWARD. Parole and Probation Office – Dagupan Chief Rowena DC. Ordona (center),Senior Probation and Parole Officer Jan Michael D. Yasto and Probation and Parole Officer II Rhondalia G. Poquiz (3rd and 4th from left) award a plaque of appreciation to a Council Member of Barangay Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City because of the village leadership’s generosity in lending its Barangay Gymnasium in the affairs of the clients of the PPA.

She pondered that it can either of the three options: First, conduct the meeting in each of the five local government units covered by her office; Second, meet the clients at the internet settings like those in Google Chats or Face Book Group, or; Third, contact them through short messaging system (SMS) or colloquially called “text messages” through cellular phone..

Nagkaroon kami ng planning starting last month (June) baka puwede na e conduct by town mag meeting our clients sa different areas. Pero hindi namin alam kung ganoon ka possible baka mag start ng August iyong plano. Hindi lang naman sure kung kaya namin ng social distancing since limited dapat ang crowd. Gusto yata nila once a month pero hindi namin alam kung magiging feasible,” she stressed to this newspaper her first option.

Ordona said that in case the by town or city alternative ensued, she will ask the assistance of the PPA’s Volunteer Probation Aides (VPAs) and the village officials of the LGU that hosted the PPA rehabilitation to see that rules like social distancing, mask wearing, and other implemented by the The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) are strictly followed by her clientele.

She said not all probationers and parolees under her watch are internet capable as reaction to the second option.

Suntok sa buwan pagdating sa atin marami tayong Senior Citizens (who are not internet capable). Hindi lahat maka afford ng internet connection at hinde able pagdating sa techie-techie na cellphone. Ang ano lang doon nag post kami ng Facebook Page para ma-facilitate iyong option na iyon baka pupuewede”.

Because of its impracticality Ordona said that her personnel used SMS, as part of the third option, to contact and updates their regulars about what the office wants them to do.

She said the traditional meeting of half a day once a month before the outbreak of the phantom COVID-19 pandemic was being eyed too. But the requirement of social distancing because of the huge numbers of crowd that grew to roughly 500 now is an organizational nightmare in terms of space at the Mayor’s Shed here.

Since President Rodrigo Duterte declared the lock down in Luzon last March 16, 2020 and the IATF put the Philippines in an Enhanced Community Quarantine her office became lenient on the attendance of the parolees and probationers because of the various protocols and the absence of public transportation.

Pero dito sa Pangasinan since hirap sila iyong may mga protocol kada town hindi namin sila inu-obliga. Noong second month noong mag ju – June na medyo ni require na namin sila”.

But the reporting in June and July were staggered when she divided the regulars by not more than ten persons the group members who went to her office at the Justice Hall in Barangay Bonuan Gueset here.

Ordona said that her options how to meet the clients were not reflective of the other PPAs all over the country.

No no kanya kanyang initiative”.

Whenever clientele report to the PPA here, they and the officials there communicate between a transparent plastic that blanket the side door of the Justice Hall to avoid the spread of the dreaded disease. (MCO)

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