SAN JOSE, Antique – Antique Police Provincial Office (APPO) will be the recipient of the first crime laboratory among provincial police stations in Panay.
Supt. Marloe Marfil, Deputy Provincial Director said that at present the building that will house the crime laboratory is being constructed at the provincial police headquarters at Bugante Point, San Jose, Antique.
Marfil said that the proposed crime lab will be constructed inside the old PNP building. It is financed by the provincial government amounting to P500,000 implemented by Provincial Engineers Office (PEO).
Engr. Rey Dellalobosa of PEO said that the crime laboratory building will be composed of chemistry room, quarters and laboratory office. He said the funds comes from the 20% internal revenue allotment (IRA) of the province.
Marfil added Antique will be the first in Panay to have a crime lab of its own. Once the building will be finished the Philippine National Police headquarters will provide the needed equipments for the crime lab to work such as comparison microscope, bullet recovery box among others.
Marfil furthered that with the crime lab in place, the PNP will then form its scene of the crime operatives (SOCO) in Antique.
Provincial Director Senior Supt. Ren Darroca said that the establishment of crime lab in police headquarters in the province is part of the One Crime Lab, One Province under the Police Integrated Transformation Program as one of the main thrust of the police.
He said that police will now be capable immediately testing evidences gathered from the crime scene without the hustle of bringing evidences to PNP regional crime lab in Iloilo City.
“It will save time and effort in the processing of evidence taken from the scene of the crime thus it will enhance the investigation capability of the police investigators,” Darroca adds.
Moreover, Darroca said that upgrading of technology of the law enforcers is necessary to adapt to the new steps in the neutralizing criminal elements and maintaining peace and order.