Two Aurora lady cops hailed as Central Luzon’s best PNP

BALER, Aurora –Two Aurora lady police were hailed as Central Luzon’s best PNP in maintenance of peace and order and community development in their respective areas of assignment.

Police Superintendent Oscar P. Jacildo, OIC, Regional Police Community Relations Division, said that Police Senior Inspector Michelle Paulino of the Aurora Provincial Police Office (APPO) and SPO1 Bernadette Leander of the Baler Police Station (BPS) were awarded for their excellent service record and achievements.

“The two were chosen by the selection committee after its meticulous process of evaluation, verification of documents, performance and accomplishments,” Jacildo said.

The 39 year-old Paulino, in an interview, said that public service is the most challenging and interesting part of her life.

Paulino entered the police service in 1998 as police non-commissioned officer (PNCO).

She was assigned in Dilasag Police Station where she was also awarded as APPO best women and children protection desk (WCPD) PNCO in 2009.

She was also assigned in Dipaculao Police Station and was awarded Best PCR PNCO in 2011.

Since her appointment as Police Officer 1 (PO1) up to now, Paulino has been continuously providing exceptional service not only to her superiors but also to her co-workers.

She believes that education is a continuous process that is why she took up another course which is in line in her job, BS Criminology, where she successfully passed the licensure exam. She then decided to apply for the lateral entry.

Paulino luckily passed and entered the officer corps in 2012.

Paulino started off as deputy chief of police in Dilasag town responsible for the deployment of police personnel.

She also became the Aurora Provincial Public Safety Company (APPSC) PCR police commissioned officer (PCO) and the key planner of its projects and activities in 2014.

Paulino formulated her own PCR strategies and helped the operation branch of the APPSC to prepare measures in improving the unit.

Her desire to set the organization closer to the people made her the personnel-in-charge of PCR.

She led the community action team in organizing PCR activities that aimed to win the trust of the community.

She set community development projects, which include feeding program and gift giving activities, that targeted those who are living in the remote areas.

Paulino also organized fora that primarily focus on the insurgence.

She was able to establish an honest communication with the people of Aurora making them a part of the team in the peace and order campaign.

In the end, the community became her eyes and ears by providing them with the needed information pertaining to the whereabouts of anti-government units.

From then, she formulated four best practices of the company that served as tools to win the hearts and mind of the community especially those in remote areas such as “Pulis ko, Teacher ko” project, A Pencil and Paper for the School Children (APPSC project), APPSC-police surfer force, a public safety project and APPSC at work (a peaceful, protected and secured community), a radio program.

She also established partnership with the Department of Education by educating the parents of their role in their child’s education as well as educating teachers through a Gender and Development (GAD) seminar on the proper handling of child abuse cases and children in conflict with the law (CICL) in schools.

Paulino also has another way of contributing to the upliftment of the PNP’s image through her weekly radio program APPSC at work at 92.1 RTV Baler.

After she was designated as chief PIO, Paulino anchored the weekly “Ugnayang Pulisya at Mamamayan” at DZJO FM where she continuously gives updates on the current program and activities of APPO.

Meanwhile, SPO1 Leander was also awarded as outstanding senior police non-commission officer (PNCO) of the year.

Leander was also given merit by PRO3 due to her dedicated activities as police community relations officer in Maria Aurora town and also here in Baler at present.

The two Aurora policewomen manifested their strong desire to continuously conduct what they started for, a touch of motherly care. Jason de Asis/ PNA/