Tacloban City (October 26) — The men and women of the Philippine National Police in Region 8, especially Police Regional Office 8 Director, General Abner Cabalquinto, has a reason to smile these days.
Inspector Ma. Bella Rentuaya of Biliran, Police Regional Office 8, is one of this year’s ten outstanding Policewomen of the Philippines. Her winning in the country’s search will surely serve as an inspiration to other policewomen not only of the Region but of the whole country as well.
No less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo honored the outstanding policewomen of the Philippine National Police in a simple rites held at the Rizal Hall of Malacanang on October 25.
Aside from Rentuaya, the other awardees are Police Senior Inspector Rosalinda Abellon of Negros Oriental, Police Regional Office 7; Chief Inspector Janet Homo of Health Service; PO3 Annaliza Cotiangco (Police Regional Office 13), PO2 Mary Jane Dalumay (Penablanca Police Regional Office 2), Chief Insp. Madeline Cacao (Police Regional Office 10), PO3 Liza Jane Alteza (Iriga City Police Regional Office 5), SPO2 Ramonita Pajanostan (AIDSOTF), PO2 Jaidee Lunggami (PNP SAF), and Supt. Ligaya Cabal (Crime Laboratory Group).
The outstanding policewomen have exemplified noteworthy accomplishments in various fields of police work such as law enforcement, public safety, criminal justice and community relations.
Aside from the medals, the honorees also received cash incentives from the Zonta Club of Makati which started the annual search in 2002 in order to give recognition of the importance of police women as partners of men in institutional transformation of the country’s premiere law enforcement agency. (PIA 8)