The Puerto Princesa City Crime Laboratory (PPCLO) on Monday inaugurated its new forensic laboratory at the City Coliseum.
PPCLO Deputy Chief Police Major Rafael B. Roxas Jr. told Palawan News that the new crime laboratory was a donation from the city government which is free of charge since January this year.
He said that with the forensic facility, they can now perform and focus “only” on evidence generated by crimes or civil infractions in Puerto Princesa unlike in the past.
“This (office) should be able to provide forensic scientific assistance to the people of Puerto Princesa. The advantage of this is that we have our own crime lab office in the city [at] mas makaka-focus kami. Kumbaga naka-focus at naka-sentro lang kami sa Puerto Princesa unlike before, minsan nagkakasabay-sabay ang crime scene natin sa Bataraza at sa ibang luigar and sa Puerto Princesa,” said Roxas.
Roxas said the PPCLO was re-enacted under NAPOLCOM Resolution No. 2018-81 dated June 26, 2018. It approved the restructuring and strengthening of the PNP Crime Laboratory Office.
Roxas said the crime laboratory will be manned by seven specialists.
He said these specialists are comprised of fingerprint technicians, cartographer, forensic chemical officer, serology examiner, polygraph examiner, and evidence custodian.
“Mas makakapag-provide kami ng quality service. Mas mapapabilis kasi naka-focus lang tayo within the vicinity of Puerto Princesa,” said Roxas.
However, he noted they are still requesting for a medico-legal officer and is expecting to have one soon.
Meanwhile, Police Colonel Armando N. Pusana, chief of the MIMAROPA Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO), said in a speech read for him during the event that it is their “aim to improve the service of the office.”
“Although there is still a lot to improve and procure, I am confident that through the joint efforts if the CL (Crime Laboratory) personnel and this LGU, the capabilities of this office shall be heightened,” said Pusana.