God’s will, she calls it-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
TO BE in this kind of work is God’s will. This is how Senior Police Officer 4 Lilibeth Liza Salvador Remolar, chief clerk and investigator of the Davao City Police Office’s Women and Children’s Protection Desk (DCPO-WCPD), believes her profession to be.
Remolar said she did not see herself in public service although admitting that she loved to see men and women in police and military uniforms.
Born on December 12, 1964 in Davao City, Remolar completed her Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Mass Communications at the Ateneo de Davao University in 1991. She took up Law and a Masters Degree after that but did not complete both due to personal reasons.
“Patapos na ako sa college, when my eldest sister who is also a policewoman asked me to ask my classmates if they are interested to apply for police officer. Alala ko pa noon, no one was interested to apply until I graduated,” Remolar said.
“I decided to volunteer instead of my classmates. Sabi ko, ‘te ako na lang mag-apply for a policewoman. Natawa ang ate ko kasi I’m not qualified sa height, sabi niya, napakaliit ko para magpulis, which is true, so I didn’t apply,” she added.
Remolar said she started to look for another job in line with the course she took up. But before she could get a job, her sister informed her that the Police Regional Office in Davao Region was looking for a writer.
“Yes, I said. So, kinabukasan nag-submit kaagad ako ng requirements. With God’s grace… pumasa ako sa exams at natanggap, at dun ako nagsimula naging police. Of course, kung ano yung training na pinagdaanan ng mga boys, ganun din sa girls,” she said.
“It (the training) wasn’t easy. Believe me or not, nangiyak-ngiyak din ako sa training. But that doesn’t stop me from getting what I want. Mahal ko na itong trabaho ko bakit ko pa bibitawan. In fact, mas lalo pa akong na-encourage na magpatuloy,” Remolar said.
As Remolar recalls those days she was in training, she also expressed her gratitude to her batch. She said she would never have passed all those trainings without their assistance, without “teamwork.”
“Ang saya ko nung nalagpasan ko lahat ng training. Ang hirap kaya nun. I’m very thankful sa batch ko, hindi nila ako pinabayaan at iniwan sa ere,” she said, but was quick to add, “Pag iniwanan naman nila ako, lahat kami may punishment (laughs). I’m happy. I believe this is God’s will.”
Remolar got her first assignment as Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao headquarters Public Information Office (PIO) officer at Camp Catitipan -- which is now called as Camp Quintin M. Merecido -- in Davao City in 1992, with the rank of Police Officer 1.
In 1995, she was assigned as the secretary for the PRO Davao Region. Remolar was re-assigned at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) in 1999 with the rank of Police Officer 2.
It was also in 1999 when she was transferred to Sasa Police Station from DCPO to head the Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD), where Remolar said that she felt for the first time her duty as a police officer.
“Actually, it was sir Isidro Lapena’s idea to transfer me in the city and I really thanked him for the chance. He is so kind. At that time nasa PRO-11 pa ako na assigned, I’m having trouble in taking care of my family,” Remolar said.
Lapena had his stint as chief of the Davao City Police Office and later as regional director of the Police Regional Office-Davao.
Remolar recalled there was a time when she returned home and her daughter called her aunt. For her, that was the most painful words she had heard from her two children, so she decided to give up her master’s degree and instead focused on her career and her family.
“Alam mo naman mahirap pa ang transportation noong araw compared today. So sir asked me, if I wanted to be reassigned in a station kung saan malapit lang sa family ko, sabi ko, it would be better. I thought it was just a word, pero na reassign nga ako,” she added.
Remolar said despite the hectic schedule they had, she still finds time to attend to the needs of her family.
In 2001, Remolar was promoted as a Police Officer 3, and was promoted again as Senior Police Office 1 in 2004. It was in 2006 when she was promoted as Senior Police Officer 2 until she went to schooling in 2008 at PRO Davao Region.
Remolar got promoted as a Senior Police Officer 3 in 2008, before she was assigned to DCPO’s WCPD in 2010. It was this year when her ranked rose to Senior Police Officer 4. She went back to schooling in 2012 and returned to DCPO’s WCPD in 2013.
“Hindi pala madaling humarap sa tao at pakinggan yung concerns nila. Sa trabaho kong ito na iintindihan lahat at dito ko rin naunawaan kung ano ang trabaho’t silbi ko. I’m so happy dahil dito ako nilagay ng Diyos. I could not ask for more,” Remolar said.
Her heart truly belongs to public service, she said. For 22 years in the service, Remolar said she never thought of quitting despite the difficulties in her job. She added that being a policewoman is God’s gift to her.
Remolar said since the community is the indispensable partner in maintaining peace and order, a police officer should live up to the Philippine National Police doctrines of service, honor, and justice.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 05, 2013.