June 24, 2024

With the recent inauguration of the four-story modern crime laboratory at the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, Benguet Rep. Eric Yap has vowed for more assistance to the regional police command.

Yap, who earlier earmarked P40 million for the realization of the modern building of the Regional Forensic Unit-Cordillera (RFU-Cor), said the facility would help declog the immense number of pending requests for ballistics and DNA examinations received by the PNP Forensic Group in Camp Crame, Quezon City.  

He said the large number of requests is not only attributed to the inadequate number of forensic personnel but also to RFU-Cor’s lack of facilities.      

Police Director General Rodolfo Azurin, Jr. led the inauguration ceremony of the building on Feb. 16 and was assisted by PRO-Cor Director Gen. Mafelino Bazar and Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas on Feb. 16.

The construction of the four-story building is part of the PNP-Department of Public Works and Highways convergence program, which aims to construct and rehabilitate infrastructure within military or police camps that support the strengthening and expansion of facility readiness for national security.

Aside from supporting the establishment and upgrade of PNP facilities, Yap highlighted the number of bills he has filed in congress to support the police including the bill institutionalizing a unified system for the separation, retirement, and benefits of uniformed personnel to expedite the release of benefits and the bill granting educational scholarships in cases of the death or incapacitation of a personnel in their course of duty.

Yap also filed several bills in Congress including the free legal services to uniformed personnel in case they will face cases that are in line with the performance of their duties. – Ofelia C. Empian