Friday, 17 February 2012 12:36
PRO 9 Deputy Regional Director for Administration Police Chief Superintendent Mario B. Yanga is this year’s recipient of the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. (PMAAAI) Cavalier Award for Police Operations.
The PMAAAI Cavalier Award is the highest award conferred to PMA alumni who have accomplished outstanding achievements in military and police operations.
Yanga, a member of the PMA Matikas class of 1983, is expected to receive the prestigious award during the PMA Alumni Homecoming rites in Baguio City this Saturday, February 18.
Yanga, the only police officer from Region 9 who was conferred with the much coveted award, bested several other candidates to emerge this year’s awardee.
In a letter dated January 3 of this year, PMAAAI Chairman Remy T. Tigulo said that the Board of Directors approved the Awards Committee’s recommendation to confer on Yanga the Cavalier Award for his outstanding performance as a Police Professional in the field of Police Operations.
He further stated that the award also reflects the awardee’s dedication, idealism and adherence to the PMAAAI’s aims and purposes and to the Philippine Military Academy’s motto of Courage, Integrity and Loyalty.
In an interview, Yanga expressed gratitude to the PMA Alumni Association for recognizing his achievements in his chosen field.
Yanga, who currently serves as PRO9 Deputy Regional Director for Administration, has always considered Region 9, particularly Zamboanga City as the testing ground for his mettle as a police officer.
It was during his stint as Officer in Charge of the Zamboanga City Police Office, a position he occupied on and off for five years since 1999, where he achieved his most important accomplishments as a police officer.
He worked together with government appointed negotiators for a peaceful resolution of the infamous Cabatangan siege by former MNLF rebels in the year 2001.
Yanga was also responsible for the efficient handling of the 2002 twin bombings in Zamboanga City which led to the apprehension and incarceration of the perpetrators.
It was during his stint as the City Director of ZCPO where he helped in crafting the guidelines on Zamboanga City Gun Ban, an agreement envisioned to curb criminality by controlling the proliferation of loose firearms in the city.
In the year 2006, he earned the appellation “Zamboanga’s Last Resort” after he was called upon to solve the seemingly unabated killings where majority of the victims were police officers.
It was during the year 2009 however when Yanga, then serving yet another stint as Officer in Charge of the ZCPO, disregarded threat to life and together with a handful of his loyal men rescued kidnapped victim Eliseo Hablo from captivity.
The dangerous but successful mission, which led to the apprehension of a private citizen as mastermind and two police officers, halted the kidnap for ransom operation in the city perpetrated by a local syndicate.
For his various achievements, Yanga received numerous awards including several commendations from the City’s legislative council for his significant contributions to maintaining peace and order in the city of Zamboanga.
Aside from serving as Zamboanga City Police Office City Director, he also served as Provincial Director of Zamboanga Del Norte and Misamis Occidental.
His being chosen as 2012 Cavalier Awardee for Police Operations is considered by his colleagues as a testament to his long line of achievements as a police officer and public servant whose works are much appreciated by the people whom he serves.
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