Gov’t agencies mobilize resources on reintegration of freed PDLs

Published June 25, 2021, 11:20 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Bureau of Corrections

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and several agencies have mobilized their resources to provide “a meaningful and productive” reintegration into societal mainstream of released persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).

Last Thursday, June 24, they signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for a unified referral and monitoring system and program for former PDLs under an “After Care Program.”

In a statement, BuCor said:

“The goal of the ‘After Care Program’ is to serve as a standard system or mechanism to have a unified set of action to monitor and ensure continuous assistance and guidance to former PDLs who deserve the necessary guidance and direction towards a meaningful and productive reintegration to the societal mainstream, reduce the social risk of re-offending and help them stay on track in their recovery.”

Represented in the MOA, aside from BuCor, are the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

BuCor said the agencies were given “specific tasking to conduct needs assessment and identify stakeholders’ roles, functions and accountabilities.”

“After a draft proposal for An After-Care program is submitted, an after- care monitoring system will be submitted to the NAPOLCOM -TCCPCJ (Technical Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice) secretariat to ensure full implementation of the program,” it said.

“This will also help in the enforcement of laws and save government funds intended for confinement of all offenders in prison facilities,” it added.