College of Criminal Justice Education, University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City
Please address all letters to:
Dr. Sina C. Bestre
Dean, College of Criminal Justice Education
University of Northern Philippines
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
The College traces its roots in the founding of the Institute of Criminology of the University of Northern Philippines in School Year 1976-1977. Its restricted curriculum, as approved by the Ministry of Education Culture, and Sports (MECS), through Order No. 22, s. 1983, was formulated by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), the Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police (PC/INP), and the Bureau of Higher Education (BHE), now the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The College’s foundation anniversary is usually celebrated in September every year.
Due to the demand of time, the College saw the need to introduce new programs in support of Republic Act No. 7722 otherwise known as the ‘Higher Education Act of 1994.” As such, the College supports the vision that “there shall be a rationalized Criminal Justice Education (CJE) in the country that shall include degree programs in Criminology, Law Enforcement Administration, Correctional Administration, Industrial Administration, and Forensic Science, among others, in order to meet the demands of globalization as it impacts on the rapidly on the rapidly changing and interdisciplinary fields of Criminal Justice.”
In 2012, the College of Criminology was renamed as the College of Criminal Justice Education and Social Work. The College then offered three programs, namely: Bachelor of Science in Criminology (BS Crim), Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration (BS LEA), and Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW). Due to tremendous increase of enrolees in the Social Work program, the need for separation was granted on December 1, 2015. The two programs (BSCrim and BSLEA) remained in the College of Criminal Justice Education. Notably, the BS Crim program succeeded in accreditation visits by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc. It passed Level I in 2012, Level II in 2014, and Level III in 2019.
On July 14, 2015, the College was evaluated by the CHEDRO1-Quality Assessment Team for the offering of Master of Science in Criminal Justice Education with specialization in Criminology. Thus, in 2016, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with Specialization in Criminology was offered.
Through the years, the College has produced topnotchers in the Criminology Board Examinations. Most notable among them are Jane Roxanne Damian (4th placer, 2011), Richard R. Davalos (2nd placer, 2007), and Juanito Cabang (8th placer, 1989). The College has likewise received several awards from the Professional Criminologists Association of the Philippines Inc. (PCAP, R01 Chapter) for consistently producing regional topnotchers and the most number of passers in the region. Recently, the College has been declared the Overall Champion for seven times and twice as first runner-up in the Intramurals of the University.
At present, the College continues to grow. The number of enrolment every year increases because the police profession is very much in demand today. It can be said that the College is the number one source of manpower for the police service in the northern part of the country.