CICC DFPAL Inauguration

The Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) unveiled the Digital Forensics Platform and Laboratory (DFPAL) last June 17, 2022. The inauguration of the DFPAL provided the CICC with a tool to address the rising number of cybercrimes, especially those targeting the vulnerable sectors of society such as those under Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC).

The event began with opening remarks from the CICC Deputy Executive Director, Assistant Secretary James A. Layug.

     “As the world pivots to the new digital normal, there is nothing more pressing for us, than to secure our children and our people from cyber threats and vulnerabilities in order to ensure that they are protected physically and mentally in cyberspace.” – Asec. Layug.

Usec. Mancao explained that it will build the capacity of the CICC by providing scientific, digital, forensic, and analytic functions, and further enable the agency to continue its fight against cybercrime.

     “With our consolidated efforts, commitment, and diligence, the vision of a safe and secure cyberspace is a reality not far from us, but we have to act now.” – Usec. Mancao

Undersecretary Maria Victoria Castro of the DICT discussed the importance of the innovations like the DFPAL and collaboration between both the government and its people amidst the increasing interconnectivity of the country.

The event culminated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the CICC’s DFPAL Project. CICC’s Highly Technical Consultant (HTC) and Project Management Professional (PMP) Marcelino “Linus” P. Antonio presented the salient features of the DFPAL to the attendees. Following the presentation, the CICC hosted a lively Q&A with the media, looking forward to the future and performance of the DFPAL. In the afternoon, the guests were directed on a comprehensive tour of the facilities.

The DFPAL will capacitate the CICC through its powerful state-of-the-art and modern technology, allowing the CICC to monitor and coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in conducting thorough digital and forensic investigations and in assisting in the prosecution of cybercriminals nationwide. It will be manned by trained and certified professionals from various fields including information and communications technology, digital forensics, data analytics, research, and communications.