DAGUPAN CITY, PANGASINAN – In a bid to increase its presence and effectively combat online scams and other forms of cybercrime, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group has opened its first satellite office in Dagupan City, Pangasinan Province. The Pangasinan Provincial Cyber Response Team is the first satellite office of the Anti-Cybercrime Unit in Region 1.
The move was prompted by a meeting between Mayor Belen Fernandez of Dagupan City and Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit 1, led by PLTCOL Ryan Devaras on February 8th. The local government has provided office space and equipment to make it easier for citizens to report cyber-related crimes.
Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit 1 Chief Devaras emphasized the timeliness of the satellite office, given the growing demand for cybercrime investigation in line with the expanding scope of technology. PCol. Domingo Soriano, chief of the Operation Management Division of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Unit of Region 1, thanked the city’s chief executive for establishing the cyber response team in Dagupan, which will not only serve the residents of the city but also the entire province of Pangasinan.
The satellite office of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group can be found in the Dagupan City People’s Astrodome. With the activation of the Pangasinan Provincial Cyber Response Team, the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group aims to increase its presence and effectively tackle the growing threat of cybercrime in the region.