2 Zambo cops among PHL top police officers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:43

Two officers from the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) are among the winners in the 2013 Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS), an annual search initiated by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc.
PSInsp. Arlan Lim Dalumpines, OIC City Investigation and Detective Management Branch and SPO1 Eduardo de Guzman Covarrubias of the Anti-Vice Operative Group—both assigned at the Zamboanga City Police Office, will join the elite roster of the outstanding police officers of the country.
As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco has expressed pride in announcing during the Monday flag raising ceremony, the selection of the two Zamboangueño police officers as among the winners in the COPS which is jointly organized by Metrobank Foundation, Inc., Rotary Club of New Manila and PSBank.
The mayor said the two police officers are exemplars of gallant policemen and committed and dedicated public servants. 
Climaco was informed of the good news by Metrobank Foundation, Inc. president Aniceto Sobrepeña in a letter dated August 22, congratulating the chief executive for producing two winners in this year’s search for COPS.
COPS seeks to pay tribute to outstanding men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who exemplified excellence in solving and preventing crimes in their community, and integrity as members of the PNP.
Dalumpines and Covarrubias will each receive a trophy and a cash prize of P300,000. The awarding ceremonies are set on Thursday, September 5 in Manila.
Aside from COPS, the Metrobank Foundation with its partner agencies also initiate the annual Search for the Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) and the Search for Outstanding Teachings (SOT) collectively dubbed as the Outstanding Filipinos. The board of judges was chaired by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and co-chaired by Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco Duque III.
Dalumpines, who joined the PNP in 1996, has a Masters Degree in Criminology from the Universidad de Zamboanga where he also finished his Bachelor of Science in Criminology. His 16 years of service in the PNP is bedecked with numerous accomplishments highlighted by the arrest of wanted persons and eventual neutralization of lawless elements. He likewise spearheaded successful projects that included Operation Seaborne Patrol, Police Auxiliary Units (Force Multiplier), Prevention of further mail pilferages at the City Postal Office, round up operation of mendicants along major city streets and rescue operation of trafficking in persons victims among others.
On the other hand, Covarrubias, who joined the PNP in 1997 is a graduate of BS Customs Administration from the Southern City Colleges and is currently the team leader/ documenter of the ZCPO’s Anti-Vice Operative Group.
Covarrubias’ worthy accomplishments that gained the approval of the COPS Board of Judges included the Jay Palarca gunfight in Tulungatung in 2004 where he put his life in the line of fire to protect his fellow law enforcers. The operation resulted to the neutralization of the theft suspect and the loss of one of Covarrubias’s kidneys. He was awarded the Medalyang Sugatang Magiting for his heroic feat.
Other accomplishments that made him stand out from the rest of the nominees were his active participation and involvement in numerous campaigns for crime solution and crime prevention. Among these are the neutralization Jay Isnani, whose presence in 3 city barangays wrought terror in 2012; stamping out carnapping syndicates; arrest of Bannisar Amping, the number one most wanted person in 2010, crushing out illegal gambling activities in the city and Covarrubias’ role in bringing back to Zamboanga from Puerto Galera, Tony Cegalez, second most wanted in 2004.
For crime prevention, Covarrubias initiated the adopt-a-school program, a special scholarship program for school children at the Culianan Elementary School and the so-called “helping hands”, a community immersion program that saw the full deployment of police personnel and visibility patrols in places of convergence. —  Sheila Covarrubias