Radam Reyes Ramos
BS CRIMINOLOGY 1993
Almost three (3) decades after leaving my Alma Mater and still reminiscing those days when I was there. Thank you Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas (formerly Lyceum of Batangas) for helping me know what “SUCCESS” is all about.
Of course, I have to thank the LPU Batangas College of Criminal Justice for calling my attention to share my version of success. Perhaps, thousands of LPU alumni are now on a pedestal and miles away from where I am now in terms of achievements, what they have, and where they are now. These things keep me hesitant for placing myself on the level of these LPU greats.
I still remember when my late father, a former policeman, and politician told me “ I WANT YOU TO BE A POLICEMAN TOO”. I told myself, my father’s wish is next to impossible because of the financial constraints that we were having then. But my elder brother, Leon Ramos Jr., the one responsible for making who I am and where I am now brought me to the entrance door of my father’s dream. He shouldered all my college fees when I took-up BS Criminology in 1989. I opted to work as a jeepney driver while studying for the supplementary expenses.
Four years of studying hard paid-off as I graduated as a consistent academic scholar. In the same year (1993), I skipped taking the board examination and prioritized entering the police service on November 18, 1993, which I dedicated to my late father. Nevertheless, in 1994, I even passed the board exam while rendering police duties.
I spent my career as a non-officer for fifteen (15) years in different assignments, but most of the way, in the field of investigation. September 1, 2008, God gave another bonus in my career when I was chosen and promoted as Police Inspector (officer). In twelve (12) years as an officer, I was designated as Chief of Police of different municipalities in Batangas to prove my worth in leadership.
One of the highlights of my police career happened in 2016. I was then the Chief of Police when San Luis, Batangas was declared as the first-ever drug cleared municipality in the whole country. For me, people empowerment and stabilizing the people to participate in the peace and order process is a real success because an environment conducive for living is the place we love to belong to.
For almost 27 years of my colorful career, I even experienced setbacks that helped me to be tough and mature in many aspects of life. On the other hand, awards, rewards, materials, and other personal accolades are not the measurement of success. For me, the meaning of success is all about sharing our wisdom and empowering people to participate in keeping our community safe.
Thank GOD for giving me this life with a sound mind and a healthy body to serve. To my fellow Lyceans, earning a decent living is everyone’s purpose, but a mindset of what we can share is far more important than always thinking of what we can have from the government. #ButiNalangNagLyceumAko