MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- Local government units in the province of Southern Leyte including the provincial government are very supportive on programs, projects, and activities of the Parole and Probation Office, setting aside funds for maintenance and other operating expenses, among others.
“The budget from the province stays for our trainings, capability building, equipment,” Lovella Libertad, provincial head of the Parole and Probation Office, shared during the Kapihan sa PIA forum Thursday, November 3.
The city LGU for its part helped establish an egg production project in partnership with the sustainable livelihood program of the DSWD in an upland barangay, managed by a group of parolees that is now starting in its operational stages, Libertad informed.
An urban gardening project supported by LGU Macrohon handled by 31 parolees has been going on, and she has just visited the site, as some of the products due for harvesting was affected by the passing storm Paeng, to help look for ways and means so the remaining produce can still be marketed.
Libertad was grateful for the ready assistance extended by the LGUs to the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) who enjoyed relative freedom after being meted sentences through the processes involving the Parole and Probation Office and the community.
“The LGUs played a role in the community-based rehabilitation as this is also a part of crime prevention,” Libertad said. (LDL/MMP/PIA-Southern Leyte)