The Baguio Probation Office (BPO) on Wednesday led more than 40 parolees from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and local probationers in weeding out and planting more trees at the Buyog watershed here which supplies the water of more than 50,000 households within the barangay of Pinget here.
BPO chief Eugenia Andrada said the activity was part of the celebrations of the 37th anniversary of their office which deals with the moral regeneration and rehabilitation of convicted criminals.
She explained that caring of the watershed, which the office also replanted with seedlings of Benguet Pine and Alnus, is part of the rehabilitation process of the convicts “so that while they are doing work to benefit our communities, they would also slowly be accepted back to our society…”
Under the country’s criminal justice system, the pillars are the police, prosecutors, courts, communities and the rehabilitation and reformatory institutions like the probation offices nationwide.
The parolees are those convicted and serving their respective prison terms but are released by virtue of presidential clemency they are set free on temporary liberty subject to certain conditions, otherwise they are arrested once again and shall suffer the unserved portion of their respective sentence.
On the other hand, the probationers are those convicted with crimes which are with light to maximum correctional penalties, and first time offenders who are released on temporary liberty subject to certain conditions which they have to follow strictly until the period of their probation. PNA