Women installed as town police chiefs in Benguet

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Monday, March 30, 2015


CAMP DANGWA,Benguet — Every March, different forms of recognition and honor to women are done by the government as part of the International Women’s Month.

In Benguet, three women were installed as chief of police by the Provincial Police Office (PPO) to lead the maintenance of peace and order in the towns of Bakun, Sablan and La Trinidad.

In the six province of the region covered by the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, Benguet PPO has the most number of women holding important positions.

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"I placed women to head municipal police offices not because its women’s month but I want to give the women police officers the chance to prove themselves by leading a team and ensuring the peace and order of their respective towns. This is a challenge to their being members of the Philippine National Police,” Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Azurin said.

Azurin added Senior Inspector Judy Palicos was the first woman chief of police in Kapangan followed by Senior Insp. Karrissma Sta Juana, who were able to prove themselves in managing peace and order of the town.

Of the recent batch, Police Senior Inspector Thrislyn Sagpaey was installed as chief of police of Bakun in November 3, 2014.

Senior Inspector Azalea Rabena was installed in February 2015 in Sablan while Senior Inspector Dominga Terrado was installed in March 24.

Senior Inspector Joyce Ann Dayag was recently assigned at the Women’s and Children Protection Desk.

Rabena and Dayag belongs to the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) class of 2010 and 2013 respectively while Sagpaey and Terrado are PNP lateral classes of 2008.

“This is a challenge to the capability of the women police and we don’t have any right to question the assignment given to us. To be a chief of police is difficult but this is part of our sworn duty that we must perform and comply with,” Senior Inspector Terrado said.

Kibungan mayor Benito Siadto happily accepted Terrado, the first woman chief of police in his town.

Aside from Benguet, Apayao also has a woman chief of police. Police Inspector Jenelyn Kiwingan of PNPA Class 2011 also handles the peace and order of Calanasan town.

Under Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), which promotes the full participation and equitable representation of women in all spheres of society particularly in the decision-making and policy-making processes in government and private entities, in order to fully realize their role as agents and beneficiaries of development. (Zaldy Comanda)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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