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Saturday, March 8, 2014


SERVING the public is always a challenge and an ongoing development. This is how Senior Police Officer 1 Shermalou Baylin Javier, a non-commissioned officer of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s Women and Children’s Protection Desk (CIDG–WCPD) in Davao Region, defines her career now.

“Who would have thought that I will be a policewoman? I never thought of it. But I took exams from the National Police Commissions (Napolcom) office. I once worked at a mall office… I decided to quit when I passed the exams, then I told to myself that I am for this career (policewoman),” Javier said.

Born on December 10, 1978 in Balingasag town in Misamis Oriental, Javier holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Ateneo de Cagayan - Xavier University where she graduated in 1999. Javier took exams for Philippine National Police (PNP) at the Napolcom in Cagayan de Oro in 2002.

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Javier is also a recipient of several awards and recognitions as a member of the Philippine National Police, particularly the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 11, where she finds satisfaction in her job.

Before Javier was assigned to CIDG 11 in 2002, she underwent PNP schooling and training courses for several months. She was promoted to Police Officer 2 from 1 in 2004, and in 2008, she was promoted once again to Police Officer 3 then Senior Police Officer 1 in 2011.

Through determination, dedication, and competence towards her work, Javier proved that women could also serve and protect the nation. Despite all the responsibilities she has as policewoman, a mother, and a wife, she never thought of quitting.

“If you’re going to ask me, what is my greatest achievement in life? Ito na yun. To work not only for your family but also for the common good. One thing I’ve also learned pag nag sumikap ka sa buhay samahan mo pa ng dasal, may mararating ka talaga kahit anong kurso pa ang tinapos mo,” Javier said.

Javier believes that she was dragged by circumstances to her job now. She added that this might not be her first choice, but she loves her career. She described herself as hardworking and one of those resilient women in the service. “I think it is a call though I still have several things to achieve,” she said.

Despite her hectic schedule, Javier said she and her husband, who is also a policeman, still find time for their family. She said though things around them seem tight, she as a mother always makes it a point to see that everything is well balanced especially their family bond and spiritual life.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 08, 2014.

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