Proving once again that poverty is not a hindrance to success, a poor kid from Tondo recently wowed netizens as he graduates at the top of PNPA Class 2019 known as Sansiklab Class or the Sandigan ng Mamamayan na may Sigasig na Itaguyod ang Kapayapaan at Ipaglaban ang Bayan.
Cadet Jervis Allen Ramos, 24, has become an inspiration to many after he overcame many trials to graduate at the top of his class in the police academy.
Raised in Tondo, one of the poorest districts of Manila, Jervis and his family didn’t have a home of their own. Life was hard for the family with three kids, especially after they lost their father to a liver condition when Jervis was still 13 years old.
Jervis’ dad had been a jeepney driver, but he had always dreamed of seeing his son become a police officer.
“When I was young, he (encouraged) me to join the police. Maybe he wanted to pass on his dream to me,” Jervis shared.
Living in Tondo, that dream was certainly a big one considering that the family was poor and there were so many bad elements and bad influences readily available all around them. Jervis even got into trouble back when he was in high school, yet he did not give up on his dream. He wanted to make his late dad proud of what he would become, despite the difficult situation they are in.
To make ends meet, Jervis’ mother Priscilla sold palabok and spaghetti. She raised her three children by herself, doing her best to still find ways to send them to school despite their poverty.
Jervis graduated from BS Criminology at Universidad de Manila before entering the police academy. While his father was not able to see him succeed and become a police officer, he still made the family proud as he ranked third in the Criminologist Board Exam last October 2014! Wow.
Afterwards, the young man entered the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) where he devoted most of his time studying to make sure he will pass the course. He spent hours reading and studying – and his hard work definitely paid off as he graduates at the top of Sansiklab Class comprised of 200 cadet officers.
Now that he’s fulfilled his father’s dream of him becoming a police officer, Jervis is ready to fulfill another dream: to make his mother a house and to take her in tours to visit the beautiful spots across the Philippines. What a beautiful gift for his mother…