September 22, 2021
The College of Criminal Justice Education and Forensics (CCJEF) successfully pulls off the first day of its much-anticipated second international lecture series entitled, PLUS ULTRA: Unraveling the Emerging Trends and Innovations in Forensic Science, last Saturday, September 18, 2021, garnering a peak of more than 2,000 participants who went to stream and learn from the internationally renowned guest speakers in the field of forensic science, and had fun through the exciting games and prizes prepared by the College.
The event started with a warm welcome and expression of gratitude by Dr. Niño M. Kabiling, CCJEF Dean, to everyone who participated in the event, and most especially to the notable speakers who have agreed to impart their knowledge and experiences in their own field of specialization. Dr. Kabiling stressed out that the underlying implication of the event is for the participants to acquire insights in the emerging fields of forensic science in order to advance the interest of the community.
Likewise, Ms. Edna Marriza C. Santos, the Assistant Academic Vice President of Holy Angel University, shared a heartfelt message of inspiration and gratitude to the viewers and to the speakers who indubitably contributed to the possibility of the event.
“Holding this conference is one way for us to say how much we would like to extend our reach, and how much we would like to network with you and be with you as we learn together in the field of forensics education,” stated by Ms. Santos as she emphasized the event’s cause.
The first day of the 2nd international lecture series featured two distinguished speakers from different locations globally and locally, respectively. Mr. John Patrick Moloney of Australia, a Latent Fingerprint Examiner for over 20 years, shared his founded company that introduced the Forensic Comparison Software that had later on fundamentally changed the practices of fingerprint examination in over 50 agencies worldwide. This significantly reflected how fingerprinting equipment have evolved from just a magnifying glass to a computer software that has features enabling easier identification and comparison of latent fingerprints collected from a crime scene. He willingly demonstrated the said features such as image quality enhancement, easier analysis, comparison, and charting through note taking. He also discussed its contribution to searching databases of fingerprints as an optional AFIS tool, which has a significant impact on personal identification.
On the other hand, Dr. Maria Corazon De Ungria, head of the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman discussed DNA analysis and its implications. She emphasized that DNA analysis is a very important and powerful tool as it is one of the primary methods of identification. She discussed the implications of DNA testing to maternity and paternity testing, as well as in criminal investigations, specifically to sexual assault cases wherein, it plays a vital role as evidence used in court. The provision concerning the rule on DNA evidence in the context of the Philippine laws is also mentioned. Concluding her discussion, she stated the application of DNA technology on child abuse cases, which is unfortunately a prevailing concern amongst our children, and how is it challenged by internal and external factors.
The event was formally closed by Mr. Anthony John Jimenez, CCJEF Program Coordinator, who extended as well his utmost gratitude to all participants, speakers, and organizers of the event. He emphasized the role of forensic science that indeed, it is a crucial part in our continuous service to uphold justice. “Truly, we are in a digital age wherein advancement of technology constantly helps the justice system of any countries to have more efficient and effective administration of justice,” he added.