This year’s top Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) graduate, Cadet Jervis Allen Ramos, 24, was wishing that his father, who had been his inspiration, would be there when the commencement ceremonies are held on 22 March.
His father then told him to continue his dream and try to join the police service
Sadly, Ramos’ father, Jorge, a jeepney driver, would not be with him because he died when he was just 13 years old.
But his fondest memories of his father, were the motivations that he used to excel in everything that he was doing, especially in his classes.
Jervis recalled that before his father died, he told him that he wanted to be a policeman, but he failed to attain his dream because of poverty.
His father then told him to continue his dream and try to join the police service.
Despite being saddled in poverty, Jervis did not despair and instead used their predicament as his motivation to succeed.
He took advantage of the government’s free university education program and studied criminology at the Universidad de Manila.
In October 2014, despite all the hardships he placed third in the criminology board examinations.
Taking his success to another level, on 22 March, he will be top cadet among the 200 other members of the 2019 Sansiklab Class, or the Sandigan ng Mamamayan na may Sigasig na Itaguyod ang Kapayapaan at Ipaglaban ang Bayan.
PNP spokesman Col. Bernard Banac said aside from Ramos, rounding up the ten are Cadettes Merriefin Carisusa and Mary Grace Pabilario.
They are joined by Cadets Ferdinand Mark Lagchana and Christian Albus followed by Cadettes Janila Andrea Garan, Ciara Ley Capule, Mary Ann de los Santos, Anna May Mangabo and Cadet Salvador Pidlaoan
PNPA superintendent Brig. Gen. Jose Chiquito Malayo said seven out of 10 cadets will join the police service, two will join the Bureau of Fire Protection while one will be with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.