LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 23 (PIA) - - The Chief of Police of Pinukpuk municipality in Kalinga was awarded as one of the 2013 Ten Outstanding Policewomen of the Philippines (TOPWP).
Police Chief Inspector Gemma Vidal Braganza received the award from PDGen Alan Purisima, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Praxedes Tu Tan, President of the Zonta Club of Makati Paseo de Roxas during the awarding ceremony held at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City last Thursday.
Braganza, the first and only lady chief of police in the province of Kalinga, made it in the final ten after a final screening and panel interview conducted in August 2013.
Braganza earlier served the city of Baguio as head of the first lady SWAT team. She was also chief of the Women and Children’s Desk of Baguio and later as regional chief of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk prior to her assignment in Pinukpuk..
Other TOWPP awardees are PSSupt Herminigilda Dumaguin Salangad, PSupt Ma. Leonora Chua Camarao, PSInsp Jovelyn Abe Banares, PInsp Arieza Velasco Otida, SPO3 Melinda Kairan Amsali, SPO1 Ruth Bongo Violago, SPO1 Cheryl Quinto Saldo, PO3 Annaliza Palicpic Flores and PO2 Cheryl Lyn Wagas Ano-os.
The awardees received a specialized glass trophy, cash and a .45-caliber brand new firearm aside from certificates..
TOWPP was started in 2001 with Mrs. Mary Lynn Domondon, then President of the Zonta Club Paseo de Roxas and wife of former PNP General Guillermo Domondon, commencing the recognition to the women police for their exceptional accomplishments in the different fields of police work like police community relations, intelligence, investigations, and special operations by providing their utmost dedication and commitment,. The annual search has received international recognition. (JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR)