The Tanjay City Parole and Probation Office, in partnership with the Association of Tanjay Volunteer Probation Assistants, initiated recently a livelihood project that assists reforming ex-offenders, such as probationers, parolees, and pardonees in Tanjay City and its neighboring municipalities, a government press release said.
Tanjay PPO head Christine Javier said the project equipped the ex-offenders with survival skills to make them self-sufficient and productive individuals.
The Sustainable Hope of Integrated Fish Farming in Tanjay (SHIFT) is a livelihood project that is conducive to gender equality and provides economic and social benefits to both male and female reforming offenders who are residents of Tanjay City, and of the municipalities of Amlan, Pamplona, and San Jose in the province.
SHIFT involves farming in fish along with livestock and agricultural crops.
Javier said SHIFT is a “Farmville” version of Tanjay City PPO that holds freshwater tilapia farm, free range native chicken, ducks, and vegetable crops.
The farm lot is located in a 200square-meter agricultural land managed by the TPVA association of probationers, parolees, and pardonees,and supported by government agencies, such as the Negros Oriental Provincial Agriculture Office, Tanjay City Veterinary Office, Tanjay City Agricultural Office, and Barangay Luca.
TheVolunteer Probation Assistants and Association of Reforming Offenders are preparing for their first-ever harvest of tilapia and will engage in a marketing strategy for a fund-raising activity, Javier said.
“The project not only aims at teaching reforming offenders to engage in sustainable livelihood, thus giving economic assistance, but its main goal is to teach ex-offenders goal-setting, problem-solving techniques, and decision-making, emphasizing personal responsibility through the implementation integrated farming and paving a way for a successful re-entry to the community,” Javier added.*
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