PRO-Cor Regional Director PBGen. R’win Pagkalinawan and Bayanihan Cordillera co-founder Kristine Molitas, led the awarding of six lady police officers who were recognized for their invaluable services to the PNP and the community during the Monday flag raising program the kick off ceremonies of Women’s Month on March 1 at Camp Major Bado Dangwa here.
Awarded the Medalya ng Kagalingan or the PNP Medal of Merit is PSSg Heidi Juliano of Baguio City Police Office(BCPO) for her contribution in the successful buy-bust operation that resulted to the arrest of a high value individual (HVI).
Patrolwoman Kashmere Bangtowan of Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 is a recipient of the Medalya ng Kasanayan or the PNP Efficiency Medal for her contribution in the "Badang Kabuhayan Project" that provided poultry farm livelihood for 15 families in Tublay, Benguet.
Another PNP Efficiency Medal awardee is Non-Uniformed Personnel Rosemarie Behis of BCPO for her role in the successful "Adopt a Family" program where a home was put up for a senior citizen resident of Loakan, Baguio City.
Awarded the Medalya ng Papuri or the PNP Commendation Medal are PSSg Marites Gayaso of the Benguet Provincial Police Office for her participation on the Search Warrant that resulted to the arrest of an individual for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (RA 9165) and the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act (RA 10591); PCpl Gerlie Ayban for her service during the Brigada Eskwela and Gift Giving at Taloy National High School in Tuba, Benguet; and to NUP Marinel Lucio for being an organizer in the successful gift giving at Irisan National High School in Baguio City.
In her message, Molitas highlighted the role of women in law enforcement and shared the 3R's or the three things she learned from working with the Philippine National Police.
The 3Rs -Relationship or forming good relations and building genuine trust with the people; Resilience or being able to grow despite life’s downturns, and Resonance where in everything we do, whether big or small, has an impact on the lives of people around us.
Molitas said these must be possessed by every police officer to be able to work effectively in their duties and responsibilities.
“Our titles, jobs, professions and even our ranks are not who we are, they do not define us, what makes an impact is if we use our given gifts for the greater good. We, women, play an important part of the PNP; we have the ability to make a change, and we matter,” Molitas stressed.
Meanwhile, the different provincial police offices in the region are celebrating Women’s Month .
In Apayao, Acting Provincial Director PCol. Peter Tagtag led the awarding of certificates of commendation to PEMS Gemma Malag for her Good Samaritan act of Building a House Project in consonance with the "Bayanihan We Heal as One, Build as One, and Win as One", and to PCpl Myla B Langag for her active participation in the campaign against wanted persons in the province.
In Kalinga PPO, police wore purple facemask during the kick-off ceremony at Camp Juan Duyan, Bulanao, Tabuk City, purple being the internationally recognized color to symbolize women. Tarpaulin regarding women's month and women empowerment were also posted to raise awareness.
In Mt Province PPO, activities organized for the month-long celebration include a shoot fest for policewomen, clean-up drive and “Collect For A Cause” which aims to help a student who is undergoing dialysis.
In Ifugao PPO, different activities are also being lined up such as visitation to female inmates, bloodletting activity, barangay visitation and lectures to recovering drug personalities.
In Abra PPO, Provincial Director PCol Christopher Acop and Peñarubia Mayor Jane Cecila led the kick-off ceremony on March 1.(JDP/RMC PIA-CAR /PRO-Cor PIO )
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis