North Cotabato among DOJ awardees

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The Parole and Probation Administration of the Department of Justice recognized the Provincial Government of Cotabato as its strong and steadfast partner in the implementation of the major rehabilitation thrusts and in carrying out of the vision and mission of the department.

DOJ Secretary Vitalliano Aguirre and PPA Administrator Manuel Co presented the Plaque of Recognition to Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza during the culmination of the 40th Founding Anniversary of the DOJ-PPA held at the Philippine National Police Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday, July 22.

Other officials present during the awarding were PPA Deputy Administrator Lorna Yumul, PPA 12 Regional Director Rodrigo Manuel, Jr. and Dept of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueño.

The Province of Cotabato was one of the less than 20 provinces recognized by the DOJ-PPA and conferred with the award as it celebrates its anniversary this year, a proof of the unwavering support to the department especially in its efforts to implement programs for the welfare of inmates.

Anchored on the theme “40 Years of Engineering Performance Professionalism and Accountability, the PPA lauded its partner provinces for their invaluable and unwavering support in the prominent programs of the department such as the “Justice on Wheels” (JOW) and “Enhanced Justice on Wheels” (EJOW).

The Provincial Government of Cotabato already had co-sponsored two separate EJOW’s in 2012 and 2014 with all-out support from Gov Taliño-Mendoza who has extended both financial and other support ensuring the success of the DOJ program.

For her part, Gov Taliño-Mendoza said the provincial government will continue its collaboration with the DOJ in all its compassionate programs and projects for the people.

“We will sustain the strong ties between the provincial government and the justice department because we believe in the advocacies of the department especially in ensuring that justice is attainable and equitable to everyone regardless of condition and status in life,” said the governor.

In Sep. 25, 2014, some 161 detainees of the North Cotabato District Jail were released after the conduct of EJOW at the provincial capitol where two buses owned by the Supreme Court and some makeshift courts were used by Regional Trial Courts.

Other initiatives including Alternative Learning System (ALS), trainings on livelihood such as souvenir and other crafts production, religious and peace advocacies were also employed at the NCDJ intending to make their time productive and worthwhile. PR

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