The governor approved the request of the PNP for the space in a meeting with the police officials at the Capitol last Tuesday, January 28.
The subject lot is located near the Cebu Provincial Police Office at Barangay Sudlon, Cebu City. However, the donation will still need the provincial board’s approval.
Col. Emmanuel Aranas, PNP deputy chief for Crime Lab operations said the facility will have the same capability of the crime lab in Manila, including the processing of DNA.
He reasoned that the evidence should not be transported to longer distance, as much as possible, to avoid risk.
The Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7 is tasked with providing scientific investigation services and other technical support to the PNP offices and other agencies.
Its services include assistance to the scene of the crime operations, criminalistics training and research, and forensic laboratory service.
The need for a sophisticated crime laboratory outside Manila has become apparent after the ship collision accident in Talisay City last August that left several deaths and missing for several days.
Because the crime laboratory is in Manila, police authorities have to carry DNA samples in bulk for the identification of the dead bodies.
Unfortunately, the retrieval of the missing bodies conducted by the Philippine Navy was slowed by the strong sea current, which made the process even longer.
According to Aranas, the crime lab will serve the entire Visayan region. The same facility will also be put up in Mindanao. Xerxes Alkuino