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PIA Press Release
2007/10/06

Kalinga PNP crime lab turned over to PRO 2

TABUK CITY (6 October) -- After a month of operation under the Police Regional Office of the Cordillera Administrative Region (PRO-CAR), the administration and control of the Kalinga Police Crime Laboratory based at the Kalinga Police Provincial Office (KPPO) is now turned over to Police Regional Office of Region II (PRO 2).

In a simple ceremony, PRO-CAR Regional Chief Police Superintendent Dalmacio Magantino turned over the facility to PRO 2 Regional Crime Lab Officer, P/CI Nilo delos Reyes.

In his acceptance speech, he promised that under their administration, the PNP 'will be exerting effort to meet the demands of the citizenry of Kalinga to provide a better quality of service in terms of investigation'.

As recalled, the KPPO was recently turned-over to PRO-2 through General Order DPL 07-11 dated August 30, 2007 ordering that effective the date, Kalinga and Apayao Provincial Police Offices are hereby placed under the administration, operational, supervision and control of PRO 2

In an interview, PSupt. Magantino informed that despite the movement, PRO-CAR will still provide the needed personnel for the facility like the recruitment of five more criminologists and the lateral entry of one chemist.

"From the earmarked 20 forensic chemists for the country, three will be assigned in CAR and we will be sending one to Kalinga," he said adding that they are likewise expecting 45 criminologist for lateral entry in PRO-CAR, with Kalinga still getting its quota.

"On our end, the crime lab will be in place here whatever happens since some cases are unique in some unit of the PNP considering its court duties, so we still prioritize recruitment from those coming here and they will still be working with us," he said.

Magantino also informed that at present, the crime lab has already provided assistance in the court proceedings of some cases here in Kalinga such as the Madhu slay, Diasen assassination and the Malapiat Case including the recent ambush of the mayor and ex-mayor of Rizal, Kalinga.

He said that the laboratory in coordination with the Land Transportation Office will serve as a one stop shop for vehicle registration especially for those giving modification for their cars and for transfer of ownership.

"Another program we are looking forward is the amnesty program for firearms, which we will be announcing if we will be ready to do the firearms macro-etching," he said.

Magantino informed that the establishment of crime lab has been a clamor of PRO-CAR, and it was responded to last year when General Arturo Cacdac included it under the five year development plan. It is targeted that in five years, the remaining provincial offices will be provided a crime lab," he said.

The crime lab is now operating with seven members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives and one forensic chemist officer. Funded PNP National Office, the facility also includes one vehicle for its operation.

PIsnp Joel Bentican, Designate Police Chief of the Kalinga Provincial Crime Lab, also informed that with the crime lab in place, aside from the vehicle macro-etching services, crime scene processing and investigation will be undertaken by the SOCO assigned in the crime lab. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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