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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

31-yr.old criminologist from Tanudan is Bureau of Corrections Basic Course top 1

Updated: May 29

After helping mold future criminologists for three years, it was time for CO1 Elvies Dammay of Tanudan, Kalinga to chase his ultimate aspiration which is to join the uniformed service.

At 31, Dammay gets to start living his dream as he became a full-fledged corrections officer on May 23, 2024. This is after he finished his six months Corrections Officer Custodial Basic Course with an added bonus of being named the top 1 of the 504 graduates of Class 01 – 2023 “Payonirus”.

The 31-year-old son of farmers in Lubo earned an average of 94.61%.

In an interview with Guru Press Cordillera, Dammay shared how he had always wanted to enter the uniformed service. It was also the reason behind his taking a Bachelor of Science in Criminology.

He, however, first worked as a criminology instructor at his alma mater, Kalinga Colleges of Science and Technology in Bulanao, where he taught for three years and watched his students become uniformed personnel.

“Marami na po ang naging studyante ko na nasa iba’t ibang serbisyo as uniformed personnel at katunayan nga po naging senior ko pa ang marami dito sa BuCor,” he shared.

While he found joy in educating young minds, Dammay finally decided to give his aspiration a try, so he applied at the Bureau of Corrections last year.

Inspired by family

Dammay recounted it was not his priority to top his training and class because his focus was on managing his time as the Class Vice President and the Brigade Adjutant.

Like any other trainees, being away from his family with no communication to them is among the struggles he had to endure in the last six months.

It would have been easier to quit with an exhausted body and mind, but Dammay held onto his goal and drew inspiration from his family. This hard work and determination now paid off as he is set to serve in the Bureau of Corrections.

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