As a poor little Isnag girl, SPO2 Gemma Guillermo Malag used to play toys made of indigenous materials, singing on top of a buffalo (Carabao), hanging on branches of guava trees, swimming at irrigational canal, gathering shellfish along the river, playing on parched rice fields after harvesting season —— just to mention a few.
Recalling all those unforgettable memories just comes easy for this hardworking but self-fulfilled police woman with the Flora Municipal Police Station simply because her childhood life — no matter how simple — was spent happily and she was contented. More importantly, all of these experiences were part of her developmental stage leading to what she is now.
In fact, such childhood experiences were included in a seven-page write-up about herself that she prepared to accomplish a requirement following her selection as the only nominee from the province of Apayao to the search for the 2017 Country’s Outstanding Police Officers (COPS).
The COPS award will be one of the main activities in the upcoming 22nd Police Community Relations Month Celebration in July 2017.
One of the highlights of the occasion is the presentation of awards and recognition to deserving PNP offices/units, personnel and individuals, who have initiated outstanding achievements that promoted and strengthened police community partnership and which made significant contribution to the peace and order and overall development of their community.
Nominees from all over the Philippines will vie for seven categories.
The approachable SPO2 Malag (MSPO/C, WCPD & FJGAD PNCO) had been nominated for the Most Outstanding Senior PNCO of the Year in Police Community Relations.
The other categories at stake are Outstanding PPO of the Year in Police Community Relations, Outstanding CPO, Outstanding CPS/MPS, Outstanding Senior PCO, Outstanding Junior CPO and Outstanding Junior PNCO.
Nominees shall have been actively involved in community organizing and mobilization to include participation in community assistance and community development projects; initiation/contribution in the organization, training and mobilization of BPATs and other force multipliers; strengthening community participation through MOA; and establishment and institutionalization of PNP-stakeholders projects.
The nominee shall also be actively participated in information and education advocacy to include awareness lectures conducted or facilitated; establishment and maintenance of social media accounts; participation in disaster-related trainings and activities; and maintenance of public affairs program in radio/television.
On March 24 Mayor Rodolfo B. Juan handed her a service award/certificate of commendation for being the Topic Facilitator during the Transformation Camp which was held in three occasions for the over 500 former drug dependents here in Flora who have surrendered at the height of Oplan Tokhang.
“When I learned about this, I tried to look back from the past and gathered pieces of evidence or accomplishments that merit my nomination to this award though the task ahead is huge and tough.”
“Being a woman is not a hindrance in the performance of my duty as a police officer. In fact, my lifetime commitment to serve the people oftentimes more important than being a wife but family and work can be manageable when one knows the meaning of both. It is in this context that the word respect comes into play. If you respect your work, meaning you perform your duty as a police officer with dignity, naturally it brings respect for your family in all its forms.
As a student, Malag was not discouraged by poverty as she was able to pursue her dreams to finish a degree in Criminology. She graduated in 1995 and entered the police force in 2001.
Early last year, on January 5, 2016, she was given a commendation by the Acting Chief of Police in Flora, Apayao as Best Practice Officer for my “most valuable role and fateful devotion to the PNP service specifically in the Formulation of Panagus-ussi (Encouragement) best practice of the Flora MPS and other service awards.
On August 2, 2016, SPO2 Malag was also included in the list of recipients for the Medalya ng Kasanayan along with PCINSP Robert D. Balunos, PI James Naulugan, SPO4 Felipe B. Irving, SPO2 Alfonso C. Pilar Jr., SPO2 Efren H. Pelagio, SPO1 David C. Bumangil, SPO1 Robert C. Soriano, PO3 Ken P. Bandao, PO3 Michael M. Ulep, PO3 Joel B. Angelo, PO3 Gerry L. Aguda, PO3 Reymar A. Batara, PO2 Mark Erwin O. Busal, PO2 Camille Grace U. Aguite, PO1 Mae Angelie M. Roque, NUP Erwin Padeway, NUP Sonia L. Madolora, NUP Jehacell B. Subia and NUP Lord Kristoffer D. Arellano for their invaluable support to PCSUPT Ulysses Justiniani Abellera during his incumbency as Regional Director of PRO-Cordillera from Oct. 2015 to June 2016. KN