BAGUIO CITY – More than 700 delegates from 42 member schools attended the recently-concluded 2nd Annual National Criminology Students’ Congress held at the Romulo Hall, Teachers’ Camp on October 23 to 25.
“Cornicing conscientiously the academic framework of Criminology students through highbrow competition” was the activity’s theme hosted by the Professional Criminologist Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PCAP) – Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Chapter.
Assistance were from the Criminology Interns of Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) by Dean Dennis Butag, Baguio Central University (BCU) headed by Dean Romeo Kindipan and University of Baguio (UB) by Dean Victor Delos Santos. Equipment and materials were borrowed from the CCDC and Easter College.
Donors of prizes such as books, cash, and review scholarship were sponsored by Wiseman’s Books Trading, Chapter House Publishing Company, CTP Review Center, Prudence Review Center, and Leaps Academy Scholarship Grant Worth.
Debate, quiz bee, essay writing, Karate, pistol marksmanship, criminology research presentation, oration speech, extemporaneous speech and search for outstanding Criminology were the nine competition categories. Mechanics like the rules and regulations of the said contest were also given in advance.
Some awardees from the Cordillera were: Novella Tanas of CCDC, one of the outstanding students; Joanne Esguerra of UB, champion and Glen Gunan of CCDC, second in the Karate; Reeven Tefilo of CCDC, champion in the pistol marksmanship; Fairybelle Liwayan, 2nd place in the essay writing; Jericho Chalmas, Becca Pidlao and Marivic Licudo all from UB, champion in the debate.
The three-day event was earlier endorsed by Commission of Higher Education (CHED) Memo dated January 14, 2015 in accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (R.A.) 7722 known as “Higher Education Act of 1994.” It is to all CHED central and regional office directors and all presidents/ heads of public and private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for the support and participation of all concerned to be attended by faculty and students involved in criminology education programs.
Guests of honor and speakers were: Rep. Samuel D. Pagdilao, ACT-CIS Representative, House of Representatives; Atty. Ramil G. Gabao, Board of Criminology Chairman; and Hon. Nicanor Aliping Jr, Congressman of Baguio City.
PCAP was accredited by PRC on March 25, 1990 as the professional organization for criminologists in the country. As an accredited professional organization, the Association coordinates with the PRC and the Board of Criminology in helping promote the profession. It has its National Secretariat office at Cagayan De Oro College, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao and is a member of Philippine Federation of Professional Associations Association of Professional Organization.
The 3rd National Criminology Students Congress will be held at Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City on August 18 to 20, 2016. Its 1st National Criminology Students Congress was held at Cebu City with the theme “Crafting Platform of Synergu for Criminology Education.”