The death of someone who is much loved and respected is bound to have sadness and pain in the hearts of those left behind – such is the feeling of every member of BJMPVIII family who were shocked by the sudden death of J/SUPT NESTOR CALCETA ORBETA

SUPT ORBETA was in the stage of finalizing his thesis –a requirement in his Public Safety Senior Executive Course training, when he felt heaviness and pain on his chest on April 9, 2011. He was then rushed by his wife to the RTR Hospital in Tacloban City but he expired two hours after his admission. Few days before that fateful evening, Supt Orbeta visited us in the office as he usually do in jovial spirits then shook hands with me. I knew it was unusual that i failed to render salute. Now I realized that our handshake was meant as a parting gesture. Little did i know that he will be gone 3 days later

Who Is SUPT ORBETA?

The late JSUPT NESTOR CALCETA ORBETA

Jail Superintendent Nestor Calceta Orbeta was born on July 19, 1957 at Sta Fe, Leyte, the sixth child of the couple Victoriano Casero Orbeta (a retired policeman) and Rosa Dioso Calceta. He graduated Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), Bachelor of Laws at the Leyte Colleges, Tacloban City, in 1988 and 1995, and post graduate studies in Masters in Management at Asian Development Foundation College, Tacloban City, in 2007, respectively. JSUPT Orbeta first entered into the uniform service of the Philippine Army (1973) at the age of 16 as trainee 3rd Class and became a member of the original 19th Infantry Battalion. He was trained in Special Warfare Course and Explosives/Ordnance Course while in the Army. He was assigned for peace campaign missions in the hot bed areas of Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, South and North Cotabato, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte. After five years of peaceful campaign mission in those areas, their battalion was then recalled and deployed to the island of Samar in the later part of 1979, for another anti-dissident (CPP-NPA) campaign

It was in the place of Marabut, Western Samar where he met the then “Mutya Ng Marabut” – Tessie Darang Yangzon, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. They married on May 7, 1982 and were blessed with four children, namely: ARIES who was born 1983 and is now a licensed Architect, BREN – graduated “Cum Laude” at Ateneo De Manila University in Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering and now a licensed Electronics Engineer, CRIS who is also a licensed Electronics Engineer; and NESSA who is a new graduate of BS Nursing at the Far Eastern University, Manila

After his E.T.E. expired on May 16, 1982 he decided not to reenlist anymore with the AFP. Instead, he applied with the then Integrated National Police (INP) being a holder of a Police Officer Third Class (PO3) eligibility and was appointed Patrolman on September 29, 1982. After his Police Basic Course training he was assigned to Palo Police Station, Palo, Leyte but was reassigned to the PC/INP Regional Command 8, Police Matters Branch (R1). With extra diligence and determination,he was able to push through college where he graduated his Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) in 1988. Also, he was reassigned to the Tacloban City Police Station as Homicide Investigator

Upon the enactment into law of Repulic Act 6975 (DILG Act of 1991), the defunct PC/INP organization was abolished and reconstituted to compose the PNP where he was automatically absorbed with the rank of Senior Police Officer III. It was by virtue of the same law that the BJMP and the BFP were likewise created as line bureaus with the PNP under the umbrella of the DILG. All members of the PNP were given open option and preference on where to choose from among the bureaus under the DILG, the PNP, and th BJMP and the BFP. For his part he chosed the BJMP where he was absorbed on June 30, 1991. Through series of promotion he held the last rank of Superintendent with the position of ARD for Operations at BJMP RO8. In his 37 years of continuous and faithful service, he became a recipient of various prestigious national and local awards, citations and commendations which are worthy of emulation by others

Farewell, Sir Orbeta… We thank you for your kindness, your good deeds and professionalism and lastly for the admirable legacies you left behind. We will surely miss you and you will forever be an inspiration to us. #

Published as a Feature Article on the 2nd Quarter 2011 – Maiden Issue

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