Miss PNP 2017 Arla Ray Obedencia Paciencia.  (photo courtesy)
Miss PNP 2017 Arla Ray Obedencia Paciencia.
(photo courtesy)

The most beautiful policewoman in the country

TACLOBAN CITY- A policewoman from the region was named as the fairest of the entire police organization in the country whose beauty and brains got the judges swooning over her during the first ever “Ganda Pulis: Miss PNP 2017”.
PO1 Arla Ray Paciencia, 24, and from Tacloban City, bested 26 other candidates to win the crown.
The Ganda Pulis: Miss PNP 2017 is part of the police organization’s activities as the country observes Women’s Month this March.
Paciencia, who is in her fourth year in the police organization, received her crown, a plaque and a gift check worth P300,000 from PNP deputy chief for administration, Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario and Chief Supt. Gilbert Cruz, whose office Community Relations Group, initiated the beauty and brains pageant held at the Camp Crame held on Tuesday (March 28).
She also won the best traditional costume award for wearing a lantern-shaped gown.
Completing her court were PO1 Nova Em Lago from Davao Regional Police Office, PO1 Leizel Abejero from Zamboanga Police Regional Office, PO1 Bernie Jane Dela Cruz from Central Luzon Police Regional Office and PO1 Janice Etang from the Caraga Police Regional Office.
An achiever, she is a Nursing graduate, cum laude, at the Colegio de Sta. Lourdes Foundation, Inc. in Tabon-Tabon, Leyte in 2012. She passed the Nursing Licensure Exam in the same year.
An academic excellence awardee, she hails from Barangay San Jose, the hard-hit area when the city was pummeled by super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ in 2013.
Paciencia was fully supported by the PNP-8 led by Regional Director Chief Supt Elmer Beltejar and the whole police force of the region.
The new beauty queen paid a courtesy call to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa.
She was first assigned at Samar Provincial Police Office based in Catbalogan City and later transferred to the Eastern Visayas Police Regional Office, (PRO-8) in Palo, Leyte.
This is not the first time she joined a beauty pageant.
Before joining the police force, she sashayed on stage and won first runner-up in the Miss Pintados 2012 pageant.
In life, she said that it’s not how many times you fall, but how you rise up to fight again another day.
The week-long search for confidently beautiful policewomen is in support of the Women’s Month celebration, through the Police Community Relations Group (PCRG).
Paciencia, who returned to the city on Friday, will continue to advocate the PNP programs and serve as ambassadress of goodwill of the police force. (VICKY C. ARNAIZ)