Palabok vendor’s son from Tondo to graduate as PNPA’s valedictorian

A poor boy from Tondo who dreamed of fulfilling his father’s dream will be this year’s Philippine National Police Academy’s top honor graduate.

Growing up in Tondo, life was hard for Cadet Jervis Allen Ramos.

When he was 13 years old his jeepney driver father, Jorge, died of a liver disease. Ramos’ mother sold pancit or palabok around their neighborhood to make ends meet. Never had a home of their own, Ramos, his mother and his two other siblings lived in a small rented house. There were crimes and vices in their streets but Ramos held on to his dream.

Image by Jervis Allen Ramos via Facebook page

Ramos reportedly shared with Inquirer, “When I was young, he (his father) encouraged me to join the police. Maybe he wanted to pass on his dream to me.”

And he didn’t disappoint. Ramos studied criminology at the Universidad de Manila. He not only passed but also ranked third in the Criminologist Board Exam in October 2014.

Image by Jervis Allen Ramos via Facebook page

The determined cadet’s other motivation to succeeed was his family’s situation. Ramos said he wanted to bring his family to the beautiful places around the country. He also added, “I would really like to buy my mother a house.”

Ramos is set to graduate on March 22 in Silang, Cavite, along with 200 other members of the Sansiklab Class, or the Sandigan ng Mamamayan na may Sigasig na Itaguyod ang Kapayapaan at Ipaglaban ang Bayan.

Joining Ramos on the top 10 who will be given plaques of merits are 6 women.

Ramos hopes to set an example in the PNP. He said that setting “the right character and (doing) public service will earn back (people’s) trust.”