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Feature: One of RP's 10 outstanding cops is Pangasinense

By Venus H. Sarmiento

Lingayen, Pangasinan (16 September) -- Starting out as a member of the 106th provincial mobile group in Alaminos City then later assigned to various police units, this Pangasinense cop emerged as one of the country's ten most outstanding policemen this year.

Senior Police Officer 2 (SPO2) Hermie Soriano Raymundo, a non-commissioned police officer assigned at the Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Division of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, and nine other police officers were proclaimed winners of the Country's Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS)Award for 2010. The annual nationwide search was undertaken by Metrobank Foundation, Rotary Club of New Manila East and PS Bank in partnership with the Philippine National Police.

Raymundo, 39, has been in the service for 13 years now. His outstanding accomplishments as Chief Clerk at the Pangasinan PPO prompted former Provincial Police Director Percival Barba to nominate him to the search. His nomination was seconded by the Rotary Club of Binmaley where he is a member.

"May dalawang category po yung contest, yung sa operational accomplishments at community involvement. Nagpapasalamat tayo at napansin naman ang mga humble accomplishments natin," Raymundo said.

As chief clerk, Raymundo supervises the filing of cases in different stations. He is also one of the investigators of Task Force 'USIG'. His earlier police work dealt with the apprehension of suspects in drug dealing, illegal fishing and illegal logging.

For his community involvement, Raymundo is the chairperson of the School Governing Council of barangay Caloocan Norte in Binmaley town where he resides. He is also the president of the Western Best Association that promotes cleanliness, fundraising projects and community participation. Raymundo has always been tapped as Hermanidad in fiestas.

Our top cop is married to Janet Raymundo. They have three children.

The formal COPS awarding date in Malacanang is still undetermined but the winners are already assured of P250,000 cash prize and a trophy.

The search for COPS is an annual project that recognizes the shared responsibility between the police and the community. Raymundo is thankful of this new feat in his life and promises to return the honor and distinction to the public which he serves. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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