June 20, 2024

A structure that will soon house a state-of-the-art facility for forensics work was inaugurated inside the Police Regional Office-Cordillera regional headquarters at Camp Bado Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet.

The Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera turned over to the Pro-Cor’s Regional Forensics Group (RFG) the P40 million, four-story building that stands on a 240-square-meter land inside the police camp.

SOON TO RISE — Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin, Jr. led ranking officers in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Intelligence Division & Regional Intelligence Unit 14 building and the inauguration and blessing of the new building of the Regional Forensics Unit-Cordillera on Feb. 16. — PRO-Cor photo

“We will be allocating funds or looking for partner agencies that will help us equip this new building with the up-to-date equipment,” said Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. in a media interview on the sidelines of the inauguration and turnover of the structure.

Prior to the construction of the facility, the regional police relies on forensic services in Metro Manila, slowing down its investigation.

“We have instructed the director of the Forensics Group to start to program the priority equipment for this building so that we can find funds and what the Cordillera needs the most that must be procured,” Azurin said.

In response, B/Gen. Constancio Chinayog, national Forensics Group chief, said bringing in forensic equipment to the facility will be next on their agenda.

“Slowly we will be procuring because the equipment is expensive and we know that we have to program for a budget to be obtained,” he said.

“The goal is to duplicate the capability of the national facility that has state-of-the-art equipment so that we do not need to bring specimens, samples, and pieces of evidence to Metro Manila for examination,” he added.

The equipment envisioned to be placed at the new facility include a machine for DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), profile examination (for firearms ballistics), a polygraph machine for lie detector tests, a computerized facial composite machine to generate a facial drawing of suspects, and a machine for firearms recognition.

He clarified while the RFG is currently capable of doing the ballistics examination of firearms, it is still done manually.

“With the plan to equip the region with modern technology for said examinations, the possibility of human error is reduced aside from a speedier release of results,” Chinayog said.

“All the other technical units also need to level up because criminals are also leveling up which requires us to improve our technical capabilities,” he added, stressing the importance of forensics in solving cases.

Chinayog said the RFG is also trying to upgrade its International Organization for Standardization certification.

The RFG currently has an ISO 9001-2015 certificate and is aiming for an ISO 17025, which specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. – PNA