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FEATURE: Lady cop named one of La Union’s finest

A woman with dedication and willingness to always do what needs to be done for the betterment of the organization is what’s best to describe a lady police officer in La Union.

From July 1, 2009 up to the present, PSSg Cherry Anne Dacumos Olaviano has shown courage, excellence, and dedication in the performance of her duties as a police officer. As such, she was hailed one of this year’s Ten Outstanding Police Officers of the Province of La Union (TOPLU) under the Police Relations/Operations category.

PSSg Olaviano was not a Criminology graduate but, according to her, she understood her call to serve and protect, so she decided to enter the police service.

“From the very start, I have a passion for serving. My promise for the country to serve and protect when I took my oath is still and will remain in my heart until my last breath,” Olaviano said.

Her degree in Mass Communication has helped her attain numerous awards, including the most recent award. She utilized not only her interpersonal skills but also her knowledge of news writing, social media, communication planning, video editing, events organizing, and media relations, among others.

“As police officers, we should be adept to people, we know how to communicate, how to interact with them. For me, I use my skills in communicating with people to relay to them our plans and programs, our desire to help them, our visions in order for our community to be a safer place,” she shared.

Currently, PSSg Olaviano is assigned at Agoo Municipal Police Station and installed as the Chief Operations -  Police Non-Commissioned Officer. Prior to her reassignment in Agoo, she held various posts in Pugo, Tubao, Rosario, and Santo Tomas police stations. Once she was also part of the Police Regional Office 1, Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 and Ilocos Sur Provincial Office.

In every station she was assigned to, she made sure that she will be able to create innovations and projects for the benefit of the community.

PSSg Cherry Anne Dacumos Olaviano shows her plaque of recognition as one of the Ten Outstanding Police Officers of the Province of La Union (TOPLU) under the Police Relations/Operations category.

True enough, her accomplishments are resounding and a testament to her hard work and dedication.

Among them is the IMPACT PROJECT YAPPAKK or “Yaman ken Ayat ti PNP Pugo Agpaay ti Kakailyan Para ti Agtultuloy nga Kapia” when she was with the Pugo Municipal Police Station. Through the project, barangay tanods in the town of Pugo were gifted with pairs of shoes as their way of showing gratitude to their force multipliers for helping them in maintaining peace and order in the community as well as in curbing criminality in the area.

Out of Project YAPPAKK, she conceptualized and incorporated additional activities.

Because they were the only police station in the region that implemented such a noble project, it reached various media outlets which put them in the spotlight.

Aside from the attention of the media, IMPACT PROJECT YAPPAKK was eventually selected as the Best Practice of La Union Police Provincial Office (LUPPO) and was presented at the Regional Level. Further, PCPT Clinton P. Amawan, the former officer-in-charge of Pugo Police Station, was hailed as the Best COP of the Province during the 55th NAPOLCOM Anniversary in 2021 because of the effective implementation of their project. Behind all these recognitions was PSSg Olaviano who unselfishly provided her input and innovative ideas. 

Her compassion towards her colleagues and townspeople is also remarkable.

FILE PHOTO- Information Officer III Joanne Namnama P. Dilim of PIA La Union after her interview with Lt. Clinton Amawan, former chief of police of Pugo Police Station (JPD)

Thus, for the past 13 years as a member of the PNP workforce, she has been bestowed various recognitions including the Gantimpala Agad Award with the Mamamayan Muna/ Aksyon Agad Para sa Taumbayan Program conferred by the Civil Service Commission, one of the awardees during the culmination of 2022 Women's Month celebration at LUPPO,  Medalya ng Papuri, Medalya ng Kagalingan, and Medalya ng Pagtulong sa Nasalanta, Medalya ng Ugnayang Pampulisya, Medalya ng Paglilingkod Sa Luzon, to name a few.

With all these, she is indeed deserving to be named as one of the top cops in La Union.

During the recognition ceremony, La Union Governor Raphaelle Veronica Ortega-David said, ”You continue to exude gallantry and excellence in serving and protecting our province. May this award empower you to continue rendering relentless service and inspiring other aspiring police officers.”

The 2022 Ten Outstanding Police Officers of the Province of La Union (Photo from the Provincial Government of La Union Facebook Video)

The award, created through Provincial Ordinance No. 025-2012 and amended by Provincial Ordinance No. 119-2017, recognizes the dedication, selfless service and commitment to maintaining peace and order which exemplify the ‘probinsyanihan’ spirit in the Province of La Union.

It was also created to serve as an inspiration for the men and women in the police force to continue to excel in their profession with honesty and integrity.

All awardees received a plaque, token, a copy of the resolution and a P10,000 cash incentive.

PSSg Olaviano promises “to keep doing everything it takes to bring about change and make the world a safer place to live, with or without any honor or reward.” (JCR/JPD, PIA La Union)

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Joanne Namnama Dilim

Regional Editor

Region 1

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