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Once a GIP, Now a PH Coast Guard Officer: The Raposas Story

Many success stories have been written featuring scholars, government interns, and job orders who started their humble beginnings within the walls of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Many of these stories have motivated the younger generation to stay on to their visions and the fire in their hearts until their dreams materialize. Yet the thirst to ensure a good future can only be quenched by one who is devoted to consistency and the hunger to be set free from poverty can be satisfied by one who perseveres to get out of it.

 

Criselyn Mae Raposas has made it.

 

Like a budding seed, Raposas made a plan on how she would build a good future for herself and her family. While serving as a government intern at DOLE-Aparri Satellite Office, she had a vision she strongly held onto; to become somebody.

 

“It was always my dream to be a part of the uniformed service. As a matter of fact, I dreamt of becoming a policewoman but since I am only a petite woman, I didn’t pass the minimum height requirement needed. That’s the time that I diverted my attention to applying in the service of the Philippine Coast Guard,” Raposas said.

 

It took a hard and long time, however, to conceive the dream as she continued to serve the public as a job order worker and, thereafter, as a government intern for DOLE in 2015 to 2019. But on a faithful day in November 2019, she finally had the courage to make a prelude to her entry into the Army. She took a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Battery Aptitude Test in Claveria, Cagayan and later that year, was blessed to pass the exam. After that, she was asked to immediately report to PCG National Headquarters at Port Area, Manila. Later that year, she took an oath as a probationary ensign.

 

Raposas began a series of rigorous training and specializations in January 2020, for which she had prepared emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Undoubtedly, she bested all the challenges in her training. Her class was awarded as the first-ever PCG class who underwent Inter-Agency Operability Training under the Philippine Army. When asked what kept her going, she answered, My family is my inspiration. I wanted to give them a comfortable and a better life. I wanted to pay them back for all the sacrifices they have given [me].”

 

In January 2021, Raposas was assigned to Coast Guard District Southern Mindanao in General Santos City, South Cotabato where she was given the position of Logistics Officer and Acting Procurement Officer.

 

With perseverance, unfailing love, and faith, Raposas is now a full-pledged coast guard ensign equivalent to a 2nd lieutenant of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

 

A determined mind and a committed heart, when united with faith that the Lord never forsakes those who believe and love Him, will conquer even the impossible,” said Raposas.

 

Raposas is also a commissioned officer of the Philippine Coast Guard.

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2022-03-24
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DIRECTOR JOEL M. GONZALES


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