Davao del Sur’s Anti-Abuse Herald

PRO 11's Pride PO3 Shiela May S. Pansoy..
Davao del Sur’s Anti-Abuse Herald
A victim who suffers tragedy comes out stronger on the other end. The victim, now a survivor, then becomes an advocate against further victimization. This is how the narrative goes for Police Officer 3 Shiela May S. Pansoy—a former victim of abuse, but is now a proactive anti-abuse champion of the Hagonoy Municipal Police Station in Davao del Sur. As an investigator of her station’s Women and Children Protection Desk, PO3 Pansoy is instrumental in the implementation of ‘AksyonAgad’ (Quick Response) for abused children and women in their community—a program which entails the rescue and assistance of victims towards recovery, and filing of cases against abusers. PO3 Pansoy also ensures children are given the opportunity to live in abuse-free foster homes for shelter. A devoted wife and BS Psychology graduate, PO3 Pansoy knows very well that a healthy marriage is the key to prevent domestic abuse and violence. This is why since 2013, she has conducted various counselling workshops on smart parenting and harmonious marriages in different barangays in Hagonoy. Since these seminars materialized, there has been a significant decrease of marital abuses reported in their area. A mother of three, PO3 Pansoy recognizes the importance of youth engagement in crime prevention and solution. In 2015, she was part of the team that organized the Hagonoy Junior Police—a group of students trained to serve specifically as advocates of anti-bullying and anti-gangsterism in schools. The initiative, which continues to this day, has resulted to crime- and bully- free environments for the 21 elementary schools in Hagonoy. PO3 Pansoy’s heart for service shows not only in how she champions advocacies dear to her, but also in how she makes herself accessible to citizens whom she serves. During school visitations and barangay assemblies, she always makes it a point to give out her cellphone number and the Hagonoy police’s hotline number to citizens. Since starting this practice in 2011, it has become easier for the citizens to communicate with the Hagonoy police at their most convenient time. Adjudged as the “Best WCPD Investigator” in both regional and provincial level in 2016, PO3 Pansoy graduated BS Psychology at the Holy Cross of Davao College in 2004.

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