A poor farmer’s daughter who became the first female officer to head a police station in Western Mindanao has made her parents and family proud again after she was named as one of the 10 Outstanding Policewomen of the Philippines in a search launched jointly by the Philippine National Police and the Zonta Club of Makati-Paseo de Roxas Fondation Inc.
Chief Insp. Helen L. Galvez, the public information officer and spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 9, was formally honored during simple ceremonies at Camp Crame attended by PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde and PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Deputy Director General Fernando H. Mendez.
Known in the region as ‘Silent but Deadly’, the pride of the PRO9 headed by Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis D. Licup is a multi-awarded sharpshooter-member of the PRO9 Shooting Team, who in 2016 was named as Best Junior Police Commissioned Officer during the 116th Police Service Anniversary.
A true-blue native of Zamboanga City, Galvez entered the PNP via lateral entry in 2008 and wrote history when she became the chief of the Labason Municipal Police Station in Zamboanga del Norte and later the Zamboanga City Police Station 4.
As police chief, she led her men in fighting illegal drugs, criminality and terrorism apart from accounting for dozens of most wanted persons. She also made a mark with her strong police-community relation programs which triggered her designation as spokesperson of the Zamboanga City Police Office in 2015.