Thursday, 21 October 2010 13:18
After more than two decades active in public service, Effrenddy Estipona, Dean of Western Mindanao State University’s College of Criminal Justice Education, was awarded as Universidad de Zamboanga’s one of four Most Outstanding Alumni".
Estipona's award was in the field of community barangay service.
His accomplishments were based on his active participation in the different activities and emergencies in the city as the president of a known radio group club called Active League fro Emergency Reaction Transceiver, Inc. (D’ALERT).
Despite his hectic schedule in school, Estipona works and leads D’ ALERT in providing smooth communication to government agencies and private groups whenever there are activities and programs in the city.
D’ ALERT members under Estipona can be seen in the streets during Dia de Zamboanga, Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, New Year’s Eve, fire incidents, bombings, shootings, vehicular accidents, Holy Week, All Saints and All Souls Day, floods and other activities and calamities.
D’ ALERT members are equipped with handheld radios which they use to communicate with the police, fire station and Hotline 117 and other agencies to provide information on what is happening in their areas.
D’ALERT members are professionals and responsible in handling radio transceiver sets.
Aside from being an educator, Estipona became known in radio club circle as he is always in the frontline whenever there is emergency and the like.
Estipona’s career is also highlighted by years of experience as adviser of Police Science, Director of the WMSU Security and being the present Dean of the College of Criminal Justice Education.
His strongest points and his potentials have always been clear to his superiors and they put him where he could do his best.
Estipona is also involved in various crime prevention activities which he recognized as shared responsibility that have expanded his networking capability in tandem with the local police and other stakeholders of the community.
Estipona was also awarded by the Philippine National Police Communication and Electronics Service as the civilian employee of the year in a fitting ceremony in Camp Crame, Quezon City in 2008.
His steadfast leadership as president of D’ ALERT paved the way for another recognition from the PNP’s COMMEL as the Association’s Non-Government Organization of the year, for three consecutive years.
“It was in my high school days in the then Zamboanga A.E. Colleges high school department where I discovered the tenets of leadership. My scouting years have honed and shaped my character to be what I am today. My talents, my abilities and the good values that I learned were principally attributed to the school where active boy scoutmasters and excellent teachers have contributed so much towards developing proficient graduates and competent leaders," Estipona said in his acceptance speech. -- Dan Toribio Jr.