Board of Criminology

The Board of Criminology, properly called the Board of Examiners for Criminologists is a body vested with the authority to administer, issue, suspend, or revoke a certificate of registration for the practice of criminology and to administer oaths.

Under RA 11131, the Board of Criminology is now properly referred to as the Professional Regulatory Board of Criminology.

Composition of the Board
1. One (1) Chairperson
2. Four (4)Members

Who Appoints the Chairman and members of the board?
 - The President, from a list of 3 recommendees for each position, chosen and ranked by the commission from a list of 3 nominees for every position endorsed by the APO.

Qualifications of Board Members

  1. Natural-born Filipino citizen;
  2. Must be of good moral character, good reputation, and of sound mind and body;
  3. Not convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction of any offense involving moral turpitude;
  4. Must be a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a holder of a Post-Graduate degree in Criminology or a lawyer in any reputable school recognized by the CHED;
  5. Must be a registered criminologist with a valid certificate of registration and a valid professional identification card, having at least 10 years of practice in the profession prior to the appointment including no less than 2 years of teaching experience of criminology or law subjects in full-time or part-time capacity in the college of criminology or college of law recognized by the government through the CHED;
  6. Must be a member in good standing  of the APO but not an officer or trustee thereof; and
  7. Must not be a member of the faculty of any school, college, or university where a regular class or review course in criminology is offered, nor a member of the staff of reviewers in a review school or center, and must not have any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any such institution.

Term of Office - 3 years

Removal of Members of the Board of Criminology - Grounds:
1. Gross neglect, incompetence, or dishonesty in the discharge of one's duty;
2. Commission of prohibited acts under RA 11131 and offenses in the RPC, Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and other laws;
3. Manipulation or Rigging of the results of the licensure examination for Criminologist, disclosure of secret and confidential information on the examination questions prior to the conduct thereof or tampering of grades; and
4. Conviction with final judgment of any crime involving moral turpitude.

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6506 is the law that created the Board of Criminology. The Board of Examiners for Criminology was created on July 1, 1972.

This law has been amended by RA No. 11131 or The Philippine Criminology Profession Act of 2018.

1987 - the year the first Board was constituted.

Who Are The Members of the First Board of Criminology?
1. Dr. Sixto O. de Leon as Chairman
2. Atty. Virgilio B. Andres as Member
3. Jaime S. Navarro as Member

Present Board of Criminology 

The Board of Criminology is composed of 
  1. Hon. Ramil G. Gabao, Chairman; 
  2. Hon. Lani T. Palmones and 
  3. Hon. Warren M. Corpuz, Members.

Professional Criminologists Association of the Philippines (PCAP)
- is the accredited professional organization for criminologists in the country. The Association coordinates with the PRC and the Board of Criminology to help promote the profession.

PCAP was accredited by the PRC on March 25, 1990.

Please note that under RA 11131, APO is the one and only recognized and accredited integrated national organization of criminologists.

Related Pages:
1. Criminology Board Exam Reviewer
2. Introduction to Criminology