LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 29 (PIA) -- National Capital Region Police Office Spokesperson Police Chief Inspector Kimberly Molitas and Tublay Local Disaster Risk Reduction Officer Abner Lawangen are this year’s recipients of the Benguet Leadership Awards during the 2017 Adivay Festival and 117th founding anniversary of the province last week.
Molitas, daughter of incumbent Kibungan Mayor Cesar Molitas, has excelled in her field of expertise not only locally but internationally. Among her awards and achievements include one of the 12 emerging young leaders in Asia in 2016; youngest of the Ten Outstanding Policewomen of the Philippines at age 25; the first ever policewoman to have secured the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in the United States, and Ambassador for Peace and Goodwill for the United Nations.
For her academic distinctions, Molitas completed Humphrey Fellowship on Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration and Law Enforcement and Leadership Development Program at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Bangkok, Thailand; Masters degree in Transnational Crime Prevention from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia; and specialized training in Advanced Surveillance and Investigations at the Australian School of Security and Investigations.
Molitas said her family has been doing public service since they were young and she vowed to continue this. She organizes fund raising activities for livelihood assistance programs and charity works providing education and health services.
“Leaders have unique combination of fears, resolve and humility. True leaders have this resolve to be able to provide and tell their people that change can happen. We can achieve so many things if do it together and put our heart to it. Leadership comes with humility that our positions do not give us more privilege but responsibility towards our people,” she said.
On the other hand, Lawangen, a graduate of Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science at the Benguet State University (BSU), played an active role in the Disaster Risk Reduction Management in Tublay. He set-up and strengthened the DRRM programs in the municipality and engaged indigenous communities in disaster preparedness.
With his professionalism and responsiveness, he was conferred Dangal ng Bayan Award last December 2016 by the Civil Service Commission. He was also recognized by the Regional DRRM Council last January 22 with the DRRM Commitment Award and the BSU as a Centennial Awardee on Resiliency Management.
His works successfully gained financial support from the United Nations World Food Programme and the AEION Japan Foundation.
Lawangen said achieving the award is not due to his determination, rather the overarching strength he draws from the different circles around him like his family, friends, professional environment and the community. The award, he said, is another challenge as a light post of public service to strive further. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)