By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Group (CLG) on Friday marked its 73rd founding anniversary with a challenge to improve its forensic science services and keep up with global standards.
Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chairman Catalino Cuy, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the celebration, made the dare as he also lauded its officials for their accomplishments over the past years despite the challenges they were facing.
“We have seen the determination and persistence of SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operatives) teams, particularly during natural disasters, accidents with multiple victims, terrorist incidents resulting in multiple deaths and many other criminal incidents,” Cuy said in his speech during the event held at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
The anniversary celebration’s theme was “[email protected]: Serving the People through Modern Forensic Technologies for Truth and Justice.”
The PNP Crime Laboratory Group is primarily responsible for the examination, evaluation and identification of physical evidence gathered at the crime scene during an incident which helps solve cases. It is currently being headed by Chief Supt. Rolando Hinanay.
Cuy then urged the PNP leadership “to continuously support the Crime Laboratory to allow it to keep at pace with global standards and best practices in forensic science.”
According to the PNP, the Crime Laboratory Group is the first unit to bag the much-coveted ISO 9001 certification in 2006 as issued by the International Organization for Standardization.
This means that the unit has met the requirements set by the international standard-setting body in terms of quality management.
Coinciding with its founding anniversary, the PNP Crime Lab received the ISO 9001:2015 Certificate with three years effectivity from June 6, 2018 to June 5, 2021 upon the confirmation of the Certification International Philippines (CIP) Inc.
A number of Crime Lab personnel were also given awards for their contribution to the success of the unit, the PNP added.