In the rugged terrains of Kalinga, a dedicated officer and a proud Igorot from Tuba, Benguet, has emerged as a beacon of hope and change. PSSg Arjay Estolas Payumo, RCrim, PhD, currently assigned as a police officer in Tabuk City, Kalinga, and a distinguished member of the 1503rd Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15, PRO Cordillera, has not only made a mark in the community but has become a symbol of inspiration and pride.
Recently honored with the prestigious Dangal ng Lahi Awards 2023 - Philippines' Exemplary Police Officer and Outstanding Leadership in the Field of Public Service Award, PSSg Payumo's transformative initiatives have transcended boundaries, leaving an indelible impact on the lives of the people he serves.
The "EDUKASYON MO, SUPORTADO KO" Program: A Catalyst for Change
PSSg PAYUMO's journey to the Dangal ng Lahi Award began with a visionary program - "EDUKASYON MO, SUPORTADO KO" - launched in response to the challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the profound impact on students and youths, he orchestrated a strategic donation campaign, rallying the support of stakeholders, friends, and relatives.
The program gained momentum, actively supported by the Department of Education, which facilitated the distribution of 21 Android phones to deserving students in Kalinga. What started as a local initiative soon garnered national attention, with GODEEDS TALKS in Laguna featuring the program, resulting in increased sponsorships and a surge in community support.
At present, a total of 46 students have benefited from the "EDUKASYON MO, SUPORTADO KO" program. This includes six students who are family members of the CTGs, receiving a monthly allowance amounting to P2,000 each from 2020 up to the present, accumulating to One hundred ninety-two thousand pesos (P192,000). Additionally, sixteen students received P80,000 pesos in educational assistance through the unwavering efforts of PSSg. Payumo. One standout recipient, Ashley Jade Camaddo, a BS Biology student from Balbalan, identified as a CTG area in the province, was awarded a laptop along with a P2,000 monthly allowance. Furthermore, 35 pocket Wi-Fis were distributed, enhancing connectivity in the community.
Awards and Recognition: A Testament to Excellence
PSSg PAYUMO's unwavering commitment did not go unnoticed. The program received accolades from barangay leaders, government agencies, and educators in the province. The ripple effect was evident as scholarship fundings for deserving students saw a significant increase in 2022, a testament to the program's positive impact on education.
Empowering the Youth and Fostering Anti-Insurgency Efforts
Beyond the realms of education, PSSg PAYUMO's program actively contributed to the Anti-Insurgency campaign. Through lectures, information operations, awareness campaigns, and film viewings, the initiative exposed deceitful activities and recruitment efforts by CTGs (Communist Terrorist Groups). This dual-purpose approach not only uplifted the community but also contributed to the larger national security narrative.
Community Outreach and Positive Image Building
PSSg PAYUMO's dedication extended to comprehensive community outreach initiatives, including "Youth Development Session," "Panangaywan iti Kailyan," and "Oplan Sulat Kamay." These activities not only educated the youth but also brought the Philippine National Police (PNP) closer to the community, fostering a positive image and camaraderie.
Dangal ng Lahi 2023: Recognizing Excellence
The Dangal ng Lahi 2023 Award, a recognition of outstanding achievements by individuals who have brought honor to their community, is a fitting tribute to PSSg ARJAY E. PAYUMO. His tireless efforts in uplifting the youth, promoting education, and actively participating in the fight against insurgency have set a benchmark for excellence.
Conclusion: A Legacy of Inspiration and Transformation
As we celebrate PSSg PAYUMO's well-deserved recognition as the Dangal ng Lahi 2023 Awardee, his journey stands as a testament to the transformative power that individuals possess in making a profound difference in their communities. PSSg PAYUMO's narrative transcends mere accolades; it is woven with threads of resilience, compassion, and an unwavering belief that positive change begins at the grassroots level.
The pioneering "EDUKASYON MO, SUPORTADO KO" program not only uplifted the educational landscape but also became a beacon of hope, radiating positive change across Kalinga. His success reminds us that a single individual, fueled by passion and dedication, can spark a ripple effect that resonates far beyond initial intentions.
PSSg PAYUMO's journey inspires us to contribute meaningfully to the betterment of society. In his pursuit of empowering the youth, fostering anti-insurgency efforts, and building bridges with the community, he has etched a legacy that goes beyond awards. It is a call to action, challenging each of us to play our part in shaping a brighter future for our communities, echoing the belief that true change begins with individuals committed to making a difference.
Salute, PSSg PAYUMO! Your dedication and outstanding contributions have not only earned you the Dangal ng Lahi 2023 Award but have also left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those you've touched. May your inspiring journey continue to illuminate the path for others, fostering a legacy of positive change and community upliftment. Well-deserved salute on this remarkable achievement!