DPWH, NBI break ground for new NBI-WEVRO Digital Forensic Center building

Regional Director Sanny Boy O. Oropel leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the Digital Forensic Center building of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Western Visayas Regional Office (WEVRO) in Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City. (Photos by R. Loraña Jr.)

In a significant boost to the region’s cybersecurity initiatives, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 6 has initiated the construction of the Digital Forensic Center for the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Western Visayas Regional Office (WEVRO) at Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City.

The ₱27.2 million project involves constructing a two-story building complete with a roof deck. It encompasses a wide range of construction activities, including earthworks, reinforced concrete structures, and various civil, architectural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, electronics, and communication works.

During the ceremony, Regional Director Sanny Boy O. Oropel conveyed that the establishment of the building would substantially bolster national security. It will provide law enforcement with the advanced tools necessary to resolve cyber-related cases and enhance cooperation with both local agencies and international partners to combat digital crimes in the Western Visayas.

“Today marks a pivotal moment in our ongoing efforts to uphold justice and security as we lay the foundation for the Digital Forensic Center at the NBI Western Visayas Regional Office (WEVRO). This facility is pivotal in our strategy to remain at the cutting edge of the digital era and counter cyber threats with utmost efficiency,” stated Regional Director Oropel.

He added, “The infrastructure of this building will furnish us with the necessary tools and facilities to stay abreast of the rapidly evolving digital threats. It will significantly enhance our investigative capabilities, ensuring an improved response to the increasingly sophisticated tactics employed by cybercriminals.”

The groundbreaking ceremony was spearheaded by Regional Director Oropel and Assistant Regional Director Jose Al V. Fruto, with several NBI executives in attendance. This event signifies the construction of a crucial edifice to fortify the region’s digital security.

With the rise of complex cyber threats, the forthcoming Digital Forensic Center symbolizes the NBI’s dedication to leading technological advancements and maintaining a formidable guard against digital crime. (DPWH)