Woman made history in PNPA graduation class of 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

A woman made a another history in the 30th Commencement Exercises of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA). Roan Marie Bascugin, 22, native of Alfonso,Cavite, graduated valedictorian of the PNPA "Kaisang-Bisig" Class of 2009.

Bascugin is the second female topnotcher in the police academy following Police Superintendent Analiza Pama of PNPA “Magilas” Class of 2000 and the first female valedictorian since the Bachelor of Science in Public Safety became a four-year course.

In her valedictory speech Bascugin said,"Gender should never be a hindrance to what you want to achieve," She was the only woman who made it to the top 10.

Bascugin said she drew inspiration from the President as believed that “women can occupy top positions.”

“There is no special treatment for women here. It’s the same weight of rifle, same number of push-ups, same rounds of jogging (as with the men), that’s why it’s surprising for a woman to top an institution where men are predominant,” Trumata said.

Bascugin who earned an average of 91 percent said it was a matter of balancing time for academics and the trainings. She added that it has always been her goal to “finish whatever she has started.”

Roan Marie Bascugin, who will be conferred with the rank of Inspector, which is equivalent to a lieutenant rank in the military.

Of the 304 graduating cadets, 266 will be joining the PNP; 25, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; and 13, the Bureau of Fire Protection.

source: newsinfo.inquirer.net

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