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Manila, Philippines (September 3, 2012) – Manila, Philippines (September 3, 2012) – Just this past month, on August 19, 2012, a relatively quiet celebration was shared to commemorate the founding of the Philippine Society of Criminologists and Criminal Justice Professionals: an organization that almost wasn’t. A common Facebook exchange; a student distraught over her contemporaries’ criticisms; a professor passionate about his field of practice with fatherly advices: the essential elements that set the stage for what is to be. From what were but mere childish remarks from a student, awoke a professor’s vision of unity. One year since, a society emerged. One comprising of membership depths that span vertically (from mere enthusiasts, to students, to senior practitioners) and horizontally (from those in academe, law enforcement, the practice of law, activists, politics, and many more). The culmination of which established a seemingly natural evolution: one of a foundation that positions participants toward advancement opportunities in honing and expanding their craft; building, solidifying and widening a strong network; and, contributing to the same for others. Just exactly how did this come about and where is it heading?
History in brief
Planting the bitter seed
A little over a year ago, a Criminology professor was accosted by his student on Facebook. Their comments exchange initially centered on the student’s singing aspirations, criticism from contemporaries, and the need to heed to caution with regard to unknown persons online posing as talent scouts or otherwise present opportunities that are seemingly too good to be true. The professor shared fatherly advices. The student, engulfed with mixed emotions gradually reacted as a rebellious teenager would. Their conversation digressed into a number of topics, eventually taking the tone of an argument. As the focus shifted to the practice of Criminology, the student dissented on many of the professor’s points with shallow and unfounded childish remarks. The professor nevertheless defended his beloved Criminology vigorously. A losing battle it seems since the student was blinded by an emotionally‐fueled innocent ignorance and the perceived ‘force‐field’ protection of being online.
Sprouts of sweet progress
From the same reasons that allowed the student to be so bold in her remarks, a typical person might have easily shrugged off the experience and moved on. However, the professor, passionate about his field of practice was The Philippine Society of Criminologist and Criminal Justice Professionals Inc. P a g e 1 of 4
registered Criminologists. breadth of knowledge in contemporary Criminology practices. Yet another was destined to partake. he authored the organization’s by‐laws and articles of incorporation and took charge of gaining PRC endorsement (for the use of ‘Criminologists’ in the name) and SEC‐filing as a non‐stock corporation. law student. CN201210881). In the months that followed. BSCrim cum laude and valedictorian) and Ronny Catapang (Criminology professor. The professor. Together with two fellow alumni who are also Criminology professors–John Romer Venturillo (Criminology professor. board exam 2nd placer and registered Criminologist. He is an MS Criminal Justice student. the Philippine United Criminology (PUC). politicians and activists found their way into the group as frequent contributors. No. MS Criminal Justice student)–they established a Facebook group that quickly became a staple source for Criminology‐related information for their collective students. Principe Jose N. Albajeso. Albajeso in proactively leading the Facebook group towards becoming a legitimate ‘brick‐and‐mortar’ organization.left with many a sleepless night bothered by the experience. and purpose. Jayson Malabug (active in the area of industrial security management) quickly joined in. And. is a Criminology faculty at Our Lady of Fatima University. Felix Camerino joined with Professor Principe Jose N. Meanwhile. P a g e 2 of 4 . the Facebook group was growing in terms of membership numbers and quality. PRC endorsed PSCCJP. He wondered how he might rally his friends and colleagues in collectively contributing towards the unification and strengthening of their mutual discipline. he chanced upon the school’s student council to which he campaigned for participation and membership. His active and honest intentions to contribute. He also led the effort to rename the group to what it is now called: the Philippine Society of Criminologists and Criminal Justice Professionals (PSCCJP). BSCrim cum laude and valedictorian. in the midst of all these back office activities. With the 3‐leaders at the helm. Barely one month into the effort. and a former student council president at his baccalaureate alma mater. Drawing from his corporate and legal background. Along with students. He organized charter member meetings to draw out prospective leaders who may play a role in the group’s growth. There. the Facebook group was then called. among the council members present was an unassuming law aspirant finishing his pre‐law baccalaureate in Criminology. then serving as the student council president. the Philippine College of Criminology (PCCR). on the same platform that facilitated his dismay. His name is Felix Camerino: a blogger. On a visit to his baccalaureate alma mater. The group has also become a central Criminology and Criminal Justice‐related source for upcoming events. (PSCCJP) became an SEC‐registered non‐stock corporation (Company Reg. A fourth leader. the Philippine Society of Criminologists and Criminal Justice Professional Inc. former student council president. he put the wheels in motion towards the realization of his new found vision. news and general information. lawyers. many law enforcement practitioners (from neophytes to seasoned members). On May 2012. The Philippine Society of Criminologist and Criminal Justice Professionals Inc. Professor Albajeso’s appetite to widen the reach of his vision was ramping up. and his seniority in his field made him a much desired participant in the moderation of the facebook group. MS Criminal Justice student. The following month (June 2012).
while there is relative quiet in celebrating this 1st‐year anniversary. building. seminars. So. its utility has not stopped as a seemingly insatiable demand for expanded services has grown steadily. students or even mere enthusiasts of the given field. the continuing effort to grow beyond a mere Facebook group is not only right but a must. and successes of the past year. simply click on the JOIN GROUP button (located at the upper right corner) while on the Facebook group. and. juniors or seniors).Reaping the bounties and bracing for a good storm In its 1‐year of existence. It’s portal can be found on facebook. contributing to the same for others (whether contemporaries.ph +63 09202388831/+63 09267118696 (mobile) About PSCCJP The Philippine Society of Criminologists and Criminal Justice Professionals is a consortium of those in the study and practice of Criminology and Criminal Justice. its use has become indispensible for contemporary criminologists and criminal justice professionals and students alike. In the coming months. It has also evolved to be a de facto source of upcoming industry‐related events. the Facebook group has become a must‐visit online forum. Healthy debates are a common activity as are commentaries and dynamic exchanges on related current events. But. lessons‐learned. To join.com. This includes the formalization of a multi‐type membership system. PSCCJP! Media Contact: Jayson Malabug ssd_1990@yahoo. many expanded services are expected. It has provided the validation to Professor Albajeso’s vision and the affirmation that indeed. solidifying and widening a strong network.’ Happy first anniversary. This 1st‐year anniversary has served as a checkpoint to reflect on the efforts. P a g e 3 of 4 . A growth that in fact has begun to break ground with the formation of a governing body comprising of a diverse group of senior and prominent industry leaders.com/groups/psccj. All aimed at establishing a solid environment that facilitates advanced opportunities in honing and expanding one’s craft. such is but the mere ‘calm before the storm. Membership is open to practitioners. outreach programs and a great many more. trends.01/. Needless to say. ### The Philippine Society of Criminologist and Criminal Justice Professionals Inc.
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