On 05 March 2020, the College of Criminal Justice (CCJ) of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) held its first Annual Symposium on Criminology Profession and Research Colloquium with the theme “Beefing Up the Student Experiences and their Research Capabilities” at the Lecture Hall of the Research, Innovation, Science, and Enterprise (RISE) Tower, Valenzuela Campus.
Dr. Zorobabel S. Laureles, Dean of the CCJ, gave warm words of welcome to the guests and participants. The Symposium featured esteemed speakers beginning with TS3 Rowena E. Gimpes, Chief of the Academic Branch of the National Capital Region Training Center (NCRTC), who talked about “Preparing the Students for Professional Practice in the Field of Public Safety.” The discussion was a look into life in the training center, from the recruits’ entry until graduation, with emphasis on discipline.
Atty. Ramil G. Gabao, Chairperson of the Board of Criminology of the Philippine Regulation Commission, likewise shared his expertise on “The PRC Framework for Criminologists: Updates and Ways Forward”. He discussed the ways how registered criminologists can prosper in their chosen profession, and the connection to the requirements of the Philippine Quality Framework and the ASEAN Integration.
After both speakers, open fora were held to allow participants to raise questions and clarify points.
Then, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the research colloquium was also held at the Grand Lobby of the RISE Tower, led by the OLFU Research Innovation Development Center (RDIC) Director, Dr. Michael Joseph S. Diño, with Dr. Laureles, TS3 Gimpes, Atty. Gabao, and the CCJ Program Heads. Also in attendance were the research competition panelists, namely: Dr. Adrian Bon Santiago, Dr. Angelita Rodriguez, and Engr. Audrey Marie Grageda. Judging of the 17 poster competition entries immediately followed.
In the afternoon session, Dr. Diño stressed the importance of research and encouraged active research involvement to heed the call of the contemporary times. Moreover, he shared methodologies and tips in preparing criminological research.
The research colloquium proper then took place, facilitated by Dr. John David, CCJ Program Head of the Pampanga Campus. Eight (8) researches were presented from OLFU-CCJ, coming from the campuses of Valenzuela, Quezon City, and Pampanga. Competing in the oral presentation segment, three (3) emerged as winners:
- First Place: Laurent T. Dizon, Pampanga Campus (“Situation and Causes of Homeless Street Children in Pampanga”)
- Second Place: John Doe P. Mayor, Valenzuela Campus (“Challenges of a Police Officer’s Life”)
- Third Place: Ariane Ruth Jose, Quezon City Campus (“The Effectiveness of Different Patrol Methods in Commercial Places of Novaliches, Quezon City”)
For the poster competition, the winners were:
- First Place: “Drink and Drive: An Assessment” (Pampanga Campus)
- Second Place: “The Hurdles: Stigma of an Ex-Convict” (Valenzuela Campus)
- Third Place: “Effectiveness of the Fire Prevention Programs in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga” (Pampanga Campus) and “Primary Causes of Delinquency among the Youth of Selected Barangay in Quezon City: Basis for Intervention Program” (Quezon City Campus)
Attended by Criminology students from the OLFU’s Valenzuela, Quezon City, Pampanga, and Nueva Ecija campuses, this CCJ Annual Symposium on Criminology Profession and Research Colloquium is celebrated as a successful maiden event where there was a substantial exchange of knowledge between the audience, speakers, and student researchers.