By Antonio L. Colina IV
Davao City – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the inauguration of the new four-story Regional Crime Laboratory Office in Region 11 (RCLO 11) here, which will hasten forensic services in Mindanao.
The facility, completed at a cost of P50 million, will allow local authorities from the six provinces in Mindanao to get results of their forensic investigations faster.
According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald dela Rosa, the new crime laboratory was equipped with the same equipment as those found in the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.
“This is a dream come true for Mindanao police… Through this facility, we will no longer have to travel to Camp Crame to perform laboratory examiantions,” he said.
The laboratory, Dela Rosa noted, is equipped with automatic fingerprint identification system, high-end functional test DNA, and bullet comparison microscopes for firearms identification.
“This spells a new era in crime laboratory services in this region even as it will provide greater inspiration and its encouragement to our personnel and operatives to give their all in serving countrymen,” he said.
Also gracing the ceremony was Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda, who spearheaded the turn over of 26 Mitsubishi Patrol vehicles to the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).
Dela Rosa, who served as DCPO head, thanked the Japanese government for the new patrol vehicles that he said was part of its grant aid under Economic and Social Development program.
“It will indeed serve to boost our police mobility especially at this time when we are stepping up our police operations against crime, insurgency, terrorism and, of course, illegal drugs,” he said.
He added it will improve police services not only to “Filipino people but foreign nationals who come here to visit or who have chosen to stay and invest in our country.”