Contributed by POII Karla O. Alba, Bataan PPO
BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Bataan Parole and Probation Office (BPPO) in support of the
Provincial Crime Laboratory held a crime prevention seminar last September 6, 2017 at Bahay Puso,Upper Tuyo, Balanga City, Bataan. BPPO officers and staff together with its fifty two (52) clients attended said seminar which coincides with this year’s observance of Crime Prevention Month.
Chief Probation Officer (CPO) Maria Victoria Badoy discussed with the clients some steps on how to prevent the commission of crime such as: know the laws, as “ignorance of the law is not an excused”; self-discipline; involve oneself in worthwhile activities such as sports and livelihood skills trainings; Appreciate freedom, being with our family is priceless; Fear the consequences of wrong doings; Pray for God’s guidance always.
Chief Badoy added, “It is the main goal of our Office to lead clients and help them succeed in their way of reformation and rehabilitation thru the supervision programs it implements…primarily to always remind and guard clients of committing crimes; and reintegrate themselves successfully in the community.
The purpose of the seminar is to inform the participants about the effects of illegal drugs and the
strong and strict campaign of the government about illegal drugs. Police Chief Inspector Ailyn Casignia Perez, Chief of the Bataan Crime Laboratory, the guest speaker discussed the following topics: Services they offer; What is SOCO? (Scene of the Crime Operatives); Types of Illegal drugs users; Effects of Illegal Drugs; Factors that contribute to the use of Illegal Drugs; and the stages of transformation in facial features of someone who uses illegal drugs for a period of ten (10) years.
PCInsp. Perez stressed that no one ever dreamed of to become an addict. The rehabilitation or the reformation of an individual is only successful if he/she himself/herself wants to reform. With the grace of God everything will be possible.
Chief Perez also clarified the “Tokhang Campaign” of the government that every individual who is subject to Tokhang has been under surveillance for some time before being added in the list of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The participants were given a chance to ask questions related to the topic.