HLAF meets partners for referral system on community reintegration

Written by Maria Carmela Matibag
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Referral system of each participating cities and the responsibilities of the agencies involved were discussed during the Focused Reintegration of Ex-Detainees (FRED) Management Committee (FMC) meeting last April 12 at Malabon City Hall Penthouse. Attendees of the meeting are the members of the Local Government Units (LGUs) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) from Caloocan City, Malabon City, Navotas City, Quezon City and Valenzuela City.

HLAF’s Community Organizer, Ms. Carmelita Torrefiel, made a recap of the matters discussed on the previous FMC meeting last February 8. Outputs were presented and verified by the attendees who were also present on the previous meeting. HLAF’s Social Worker, Mr. Jamil Nuevo, facilitated the workshop activity. Agenda of the said activity focused on the referral system for ex-detainees in their community.

On the other hand, participants from Valenzuela City presented their proposal for possible new referral system. “Ang role natin ay tulungan na patuloy magbago (ang mga ex-detainees).” quoted from Insp. Gener Marlo Vargas from BJMP Valenzuela City during his discussion. Insp. Vargas also suggested that there should be presence of the representatives from religious sectors who are also significant for the reintegration of the ex-detainees.

Moreover, representative from BJMP Malabon City, JO1 Benedict Sano, presented the best practices of Malabon City Jail. To conclude the program, HLAF’s Paralegal Officer, Mr. Melvin Caymo, gave his closing remarks and thanked the participants who attended the FMC meeting.

Also present during the FMC meeting are HLAF staff Atty. Aubree Sadural, Jail Decongestion Program Officer; Mr. Alfredo Alaras, Assistant Jail Decongestion Officer; Ms. Claudette Almadin, Senior Community Organizer; HLAF’s communications interns from Batangas State University and three Clinical Legal Education (CLED) students of Ateneo School of Law.

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