Female cops ‘must learn’ basics of special laws for kids, women

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Norren M. Mangmang, UP Mass Comm intern

SENIOR Supt. Louie Oppus emphasized the importance of policewomen having basic knowledge on specialize laws for the protection of women and children.

Oppus, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 deputy director for operations, urged the 44 graduates of the 10-day specialized course training for the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) to read the law so they can implement it properly.


During the final activity of the training yesterday at the Department of Education in Banilad, Cebu City, Oppus further expressed pride that police stations down to the municipal level in the country can now solve problems and issues concerning women and children.

Chyrel Boniao, WCPD course coordinator, said all the special laws relating to women and children’s concerns are taught in the course.

The training is important to equip and update the policewomen about the laws, as well as to enhance their skills in interviewing women and children victims, she said.

It is the region’s third time to conduct the specialized course since it started last year.

Among the 44 students of the course, PO2 Anna Liza Aguilar, 26, of Sibulan Police Station in Negros Oriental had the highest overall proficiency rating in the class.

Aguilar, who has been a policewoman for almost five years, said the training not only gave her more knowledge about the rights and the laws protecting women and children, it also has made her a better person and policewoman.

She also said the training entails the responsibility “to impart and apply to the real world” what they’ve learned.

Oppus reminded the graduates to use what they have learned in the course and to do their jobs well.

“What you have learned today will be implemented in the field,” he said.

Audie Villacin, acting chief of the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division, said most crimes and abuses happen within the house and family of the victims.

He encouraged policewomen to use their authority and knowledge to prevent such incidents from happening again.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 19, 2012.

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