CAMP FLORENDO, San Fernando City, La Union August 11 – An ordinary yet determined policewoman from Ilocos Norte once again proved that good cops truly exist in Region 1. This was after Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Aurora Joy DR Manuela was adjudged as one of this year’s Country’s Outstanding Police Officer in Service (COPS), a prestigious search of the Metrobank Foundation.
SPO1 Manuela, currently the chief clerk of the Provincial Police Strategy Management Unit of Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) emerged as one among the ten (10) selected COPS after the judging process comprised of two stages: a documents review and final panel interview.
In her 13 years in the police service, Manuela contributed in the crime solution and crime prevention in the Province of Ilocos Norte. Her competence, commitment and hard work helped in the reduction of criminality and insurgency in the province she has served.
During her assignment at the Provincial Intelligence Branch as Intelligence Operations PNCO, she utilized strategically the Barangay Information Networks (BINs) that successfully resulted in the arrest of criminal gangs.
She contributed to the safety and security of the residents when she became a member of the Provincial Anti-Private Armed Group Task Force (PAPAGTF) where she shared her expertise on intelligence that resulted to the neutralization of criminal personalities listed in the watch list.
Her hard work helped in the reduction of illegal drugs trade in Ilocos Norte as she contributed in the surveillance and buy bust operations against illegal drug dealers thru the Provincial Anti Private Armed Group and Dangerous Drug Council (PAPAGDDC) of the Ilocos Norte Police.
Manuela is also involved in the implementation and monitoring of the projects and initiatives of the Ilocos Norte PPO such as the Motorist Anti-Street Crime Operatives (MASCO) and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) Association for Direct Operations (MASCOBADO) and Kabataan Laban sa Bawal na Gamot (Project KALASAG) which involved community organizations in preventing street crimes and proliferation of illegal drugs respectively.
Manuela is an active member of the Alpha Phi Omega Laoag-Ilocos Norte Alumni Chapter (APOLINAC) that conducts annual community outreach program (bloodletting, medical mission and gawad kalinga) in the province. She is a founding member and secretary of the newly established APO Lawman, an organization of law enforcers who are members of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and Sorority.
Meanwhile, SPO1 Manuela expressed gratitude to the Metrobank Foundation for their philanthropic advocacy of giving recognitions and rewards to those who deserved to be rewarded.
She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with units earned in Master of Public Administration.
It was never the plan of SPO1 Manuela to be in the police force, but she was challenged and suddenly shifted and it turned out to be something she can be proud of.
She said that being one among the COPS is a lifetime achievement and her legacy that she can share to her family and organization.
The other 2015 COPS awardees are as follows: PSSupt. Marlo S. Meneses, PSSupt. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, PSSupt. Valfrie G. Tabian, PSInsp. Maricris Y. Mulat, SPO4 Florante B. Ubina, SPO3 Dino S. Sagayo, SPO2 Dominador M. Canlas, PO2 Adolfo C. Andrada and PO2 Mary Cateherine B. Demontaño.
Each COPS winner will receive a cash prize of P400,000.00, trophy and Metrobank Foundation medallion.