• September 29, 2022

Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC), the government’s anti-cybercrime body, has opened a new “state-of-the-art” Digital Forensics Platform and Laboratory (DFPAL).

The cybercrime laboratory is located at CICC’s headquarters along Don A. Roces Ave. in Quezon City.

The CICC said the DFPAL will serve as an important tool of the government’s fight against the rising cybercrimes, especially Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC).

“The opening of DFPAL will allow the CICC to monitor and coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in conducting thorough digital and forensic investigations and assist them in prosecuting cybercriminals nationwide,” said CICC executive director Cezar O. Mancao II.

CICC executive director Cezar O. Mancao II

The CICC was created by virtue of Republic Act 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, for policy coordination among concerned agencies. It is one of the attached agencies of the Department of Information and Communications Technology tasked to lead the government’s efforts in the fight against cybercrimes, especially internet-based child sexual exploitation.

“We have acquired a powerful state-of-the-art technology, which will improve the success rates of investigators and policing operations in the ongoing pursuit to identify, apprehend, and convict individuals and networks associated with online child sexual exploitation,” Mancao said.

The DFPAL will be manned by trained and certified professionals from various fields such as information and communications technology, psychology, digital forensics, data analytics, research, and communications that would provide vital support to the operations of the CICC.

To report a cybercrime against children, call helplines 09666524885 and 09206260217, or send an email at report@cicc.gov.ph. You may also reach out to the NBI-Cybercrime Division ([877] 624-7707), PNP – Anti-Cybercrime Group (0998 598 8116), and DOJ – Office of Cybercrime (+632-5238482).

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