2 ZCPO men adjudged as outstanding cops-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
TWO members of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) were among the winners in this year's Search for the Country's Outstanding Police Officers in Service (Cops), an annual search initiated by the Metrobank Foundation Inc.
They are ZCPO's Criminal Investigation and Detection Management head Senior Inspector Arlan Delumpines and Senior Police Officer 1 Eduardo Covarrubias of the Anti-Vice Operative Group.
Delumpines and Covarrubias will each receive a trophy and a cash prize of P300,000 in awarding ceremonies set to be held on Thursday, September 5, in Manila.
Cops seeks to pay tribute to outstanding men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who exemplified excellence in solving and preventing crimes in their community, and integrity as members of the PNP.
Aside from Cops, the Metrobank Foundation, with its partner agencies, also initiates the annual Search for the Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (Tops) and the Search for Outstanding Teachings (SOT) collectively dubbed as the Outstanding Filipinos.
The board of judges was chaired by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and co-chaired by Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco Duque III.
Dalumpines, who joined the PNP in 1996, has a Master’s Degree in Criminology from the Universidad de Zamboanga, where he also finished his Bachelor of Science in Criminology.
Delumpines' 16 years of service is bedecked with numerous accomplishments highlighted by the arrest of wanted persons and eventual neutralization of criminals.
He likewise spearheaded successful projects that included Operation Seaborne Patrol, Police Auxiliary Units (Force Multiplier), Prevention of further mail pilferages at the City Postal Office, round-up operation of mendicants along major city streets, and rescue operation of trafficking in persons victims, among others.
On the other hand, Covarrubias, who joined the PNP in 1997, is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration at the Southern City Colleges and is currently the team leader and documenter of the ZCPO's Anti-Vice Operative Group.
Covarrubias' worthy accomplishments that gained the approval of the Cops Board of Judges included the Jay Palarca gunfight in Barangay Tulungatung in 2004 where he put his life in the line of fire to protect his fellow law enforcers.
The operation resulted in the neutralization of the theft suspect and the loss of one of Covarrubias's kidneys.
Covarrubias was awarded the Medalyang Sugatang Magiting for his heroic feat.
Other accomplishments that made Covarrubias stand out from the rest of the nominees were his active participation and involvement in numerous campaigns for crime solution and crime prevention.
Among these are the neutralization of Jay Isnani, whose presence in three city villages wrought terror in 2012; stamping out carnapping syndicates; arrest of Bannisar Amping, the number one most wanted person in 2010; crushing out illegal gambling activities in Zamboanga City; and Covarrubias' role in bringing back to Zamboanga from Puerto Galera, Tony Cegalez, second most wanted in 2004.
For crime prevention, Covarrubias initiated the adopt-a-school program, a special scholarship program for school children at the Culianan Elementary School and the so-called "helping hands," a community immersion program that saw the full deployment of police personnel and visibility patrols in places of convergence.
As this developed, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has expressed pride in announcing during Monday's flag raising ceremony the selection of the two Zamboangueño police officers as among the winners in the Cops, which is jointly organized by Metrobank Foundation Inc., Rotary Club of New Manila, and PS Bank.
Salazar said the two police officers are exemplars of gallant policemen and committed and dedicated public servants. (Bong Garcia)