Zonta to honor 10 outstanding policewomen

December 03, 2018
Oscar D. Albayalde
PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde poses with the winners of the Zonta Club’s Search for 10 Outstanding Policewomen during their presentation at Camp Crame. Photo by Alfred P. Dalizon

THE Zonta Club of Makati-Paseo de Roxas Foundation Inc. yesterday announced the winners of this year’s search for 10 Outstanding Policewomen.

Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said the winners were selected by a board of judges elected by the group headed by Mrs. Eleanor B. Soriano.

The winners were Superintendent Olivia A. Sagaysay, of the Manila Police District; Senior Police Office 2 Sonia A. Corpuz, of the PNP Maritime Group; SPO1 Jean C. Aguada, of the National Capital Region Police Office; Chief Inspector Ruth B. Dizon and Senior Inspector Rowena M. Jacosalem, both of the Police Regional Office 11 in Southern Mindanao; Chief Inspector Helen L. Galvez, of the PRO9 in Western Mindanao; SPO3 Maria Cristina I. San Juan and Senior Inspector Jairilyn Camangian, both from the PRO1 in Ilocos-Pangasinan region; and PO1 Marjorie S. Pablo and Senior Inspector Liezl L. Abenilla, both members of the PRO4-A in Calabarzon region.

Sagaysay, a fine product of the PNP Academy was chosen for her outstanding work as chief of the MPD Traffic Division and later an MPD station commander. Galvez, currently the PRO9 spokesperson was cited for her outstanding work in the Western Mindanao police force’s crackdown against criminality, terrorism and most importantly, illegal drug trafficking and abuse particularly in supervising the regional police’s drug rehabilitation program.

The annual TOPWP search, launched in 2001, aims to recognize female members of the PNP who have excelled in different aspects of police work.

Soriano, the wife of retired police general-turned-Tuguegarao City Mahor Jefferson P. Soriano, said they are recognizing policewomen as “indispensable partners in law enforcement, public safety, law and order, and police-community undertakings.”

The 10 policewomen have been cited for their bravery and excellence as members of the police force earning them recognition from the institution.

Albayalde said the annual search  is not only a recognition of the contribution of women to law enforcement, who currently comprise 16.57 percent of the police force, but an affirmation of the PNP’s support to the national advocacy of empowerment of women.