PNPA 2023 valedictorian proud to be a teacher by profession, raised by single mom

MANILA, Philippines – Police Cadet Francis D. Geneta, who graduated in the 2023 class of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), is proud to have been raised by a single mother and a teacher by profession.

PNPA 2023 valedictorian proud to be a teacher by profession
Police Cadet Francis D. Geneta graduated Top 1 in the 2023 PNPA class | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Philippine National Police Academy - Justice, Integrity, Service

The 25-year-old topnotcher from Naujan town in Oriental Mindoro shared how the hardships of being raised by a single mother inspired him to enter the civilian national police force. Geneta’s mother, Mrs. Sanny de Leon Geneta, is a seamstress who worked hard to single-handedly raise her son. While growing up, Geneta dreamed of a better life for his family and also serving the country. When he joined the PNPA, this dream gave him the strength to go through tough military training.

“Ever since po my greatest inspiration is my family. Ang aking pamilya po akong dala-dala sa pagpasok ko po dito sa akademya at sa walang sawang suporta po nila ang nagbigay sa akin ng lakas at tibay ng loob to take the route less traveled,” he said.

“Secondly, yung pangarap ko pong maging pulis, yun po ang pinakamalakas na driving force po para makipagsabayan po sa mga kapwa ko po applicant natin noon way back in 2019,” he added.

Prior to his stellar standing in PNPA, Geneta has always been a consistent academic achiever. Geneta shared that he is a teacher by profession. He graduated magna cum laude in Bachelor of Science in Education major in Mathematics at the Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology—Main Campus.

When asked why he chose to be a policeman instead of continuing his career as a teacher, he said he wanted to make a bigger difference in the country and serve more people.

“Kaya po nagtataka po kayo kung bakit ako po ay lumipat ng propesyon. That’s because I want to maximize my influence from our adults to our young ones. I believe that if you want to make a difference in your country, we should cater to all the needs from all walks of life by providing them with necessary assistance, security, and protection,” he explained.

As he emerged Top 1 cadet in the elite group of MASIDTALAK Class of 2023, Geneta will also be the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Kampilan award. Geneta says that he wants to join the police force. The PNPA, according to him, provides training and programs to all eligible young people, transforming them into God-fearing, helpful safety officers who the public can rely on.

The PNPA praised all of the class cadets, saying that even though they had to deal with a lot of challenges, they "showed the highest level of skill and excellence in both tactics and academics."

“These soon-to-be officers of the nation epitomize the utmost determination, perseverance, and tenacity in performing their duties and responsibilities as cadets. Now, they are ready to reach greater heights as officers of the Tri-Bureaus—truly personifying justice, integrity, and service!” the statement continued.

Following Geneta’s ranking is Police Cadet John Rafael S. Desiderio was ranked second and will receive the Vice President Kampilan Award, the Best in Police Administration Award, and the Best Thesis Award. The third in rank is Jail Cadet Mary Louise M. Moyano, who will receive the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (SILG) Kampilan Award, the BJMP Kampilan Award, and the Servant Leadership Kampilan Award. Ranked fourth is Fire Cadet Eden Jhun M. Santos, who will be awarded the Chief Bureau of Fire Protection Kampilan.

The rest of the top cadets are:
Rank 5 - Police Cadet Clarie Gean L. Pambid
Rank 6 - Police Cadet Gezelle N. Sadian
Rank 7 - Fire Cadet Gillian T. Torlao
Rank 8 - Police Cadet Jefferson S. Mamauag
Rank 9 - Police Cadet Patrick John D. Alabado
Rank 10 - Police Cadet Kimberly Cruz

You can watch his interview via ABS-CBN TeleRadyo starting at 1:11:


— Sally, The Summit Express


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  1. PNPA: Philippine National Police Academy.
    "...inspired him to join the military force."
    What's the connection? PNP is civilian, not a military branch.

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    1. Hi, apologies for this mistake. We've already corrected it.

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  2. he graduated as number 1, not top 1… top pa, one pa doble na

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