Police Cadet Joel James Jose De Guzman who hails from Malubibit Norte, Flora, Apayao is the Top 3 while Police Cadet Ian Poyaoan Limbawan of Baguio City and Ifugao is the Top 8 of the 225 –strong PNPA Class of 2021 who graduated on April 21, 2021 in a blended ceremony.
De Guzman received the Secretary of Interior and Local Government Kampilan award from DILG Secretary Eduardo Año.
De Guzman and Limbawan led the 47 Cordillerans who walked the “Long Maroon Line” as members of the Hinirang or the “Henerasyong Inihanda ng Panahon Upang Magsilbi at Isakatuparan ang Responsibilidad Alang-alang sa Bayang Sinilangan” Class of 2021. Cordillerans are among the highest number of graduates of the PNPA this year.
The second child among the six children of retired soldier of the Philippine Army, Joel De Guzman and a housewife, Mercy, De Guzman grew up on a farm and has experienced hardships and the true meaning of hard work in order to have food on their table.
He finished his primary education at Malubibit Elementary School as a valedictorian and his secondary education at the Flora National High School. He took up Bachelor of Science in Criminology at Cagayan State University – Sanchez Mira Campus prior to being accepted at the PNPA.
Limbawan is the eldest of three sons of Police Lieutenant Rogelio Limbawan from Lamut, Ifugao and wife Jesusa, a laundry service cashier from San Carlos City, Pangasinan.
He graduated as salutatorian at the Aguinaldo Elementary School and high school at the Pines City National High School in Baguio City. He took BS-Criminology at the University of the Cordilleras where was a Dean’s Lister scholar before moving to the PNPA.
Limbawan is inspired by his father who is serving country as police officer for 25 years now starting at Police Officer 1 and currently the Officer-in-Charge Chief of Police of the San Quintin Municipal Police Station in Abra.
The two Cordillerans are among the 193 new police lieutenants who will be assigned either to the PNP National Support Units to fill-up requirements for officers or to be assigned in their home regions as part of the PNP regionalism policy on assignment of personnel.
PNP Chief General Debold Sinas administered the oath of office of the 193 new Police Lieutenants; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Chief Allan Iral for the 14 newly-appointed Jail Inspectors and Bureau of Fire Protection Chief Jose Embang for the 18 freshly-hailed Fire Inspectors.
In his keynote message, President Duterte reminded the graduates to keep in their minds and hearts the values instilled by their Alma Mater. He also pointed out that the new lieutenants and inspectors of the tri-bureau that service should go beyond their call of duty, always taking care of themselves while maintaining utmost vigilance amidst terrorism across the nation. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis