The UB Forensic Science Class Exequor together with their instructors, Rolly Herida Jr. and Phoebe Mae Arud.
Also with the group are Dr. Maria Corazon De Ungria, lecturer at the UP Diliman Institute of Biology (standing, ninth from right),
and Dr. Francisco Datar, professor at the UP Diliman Department of Anthropology (seated, third from right).
(Photo courtesy of Cypreston Chegyem)
Twenty-nine Forensic Science students from the University of Baguio (UB) together with two of their mentors participated in the 5th Forensic Science Symposium held at the Institute of Biology Auditorium, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman last April 6.
This year’s symposium had the theme “ForenSeeks: Seeking Solutions through Forensics.” It tackled the importance of forensics in criminal investigations and in wildlife and environmental protection.
The event included two plenary sessions. The first part focused on the use of forensics in human security, environmental protection, and wildlife conservation. The second part covered the importance of scientific evidence and subfields of forensic science such as forensic anthropology in the criminal justice system.
Speakers included personalities in the academe and in the fields of environmental and wildlife forensics, anthropology, pathology, disaster management, and law.
“The symposium left me in awe. The latest developments and innovations in forensic science were presented. I expected it to be great, and I was not disappointed,” Hiromi Kiswa, one of the participants from UB, quipped.
Membership in the Forensic Science Student Association (FOSSA) was also opened at the symposium.
Concluding the event, Dr. Maria Corazon De Ungria, head of the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute at UP Diliman, said, “[We are here]...because [we] realize the value of science – it is not the science and its technical part, but it is the social impact of our work as scientists.”
The symposium was spearheaded by the University of the Philippines Diliman Institute of Biology in collaboration with Philippine Genome Center, Natural Science Research Institute, and the University of Baguio School of Criminal Justice and Public Safety. – Clifford Justo and Mc Grethorne Candoy
Clifford Justo and Mc Grethorne Candoy are senior Bachelor of Forensic Science students of the University of Baguio.