Office of Cybercrime

Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 created the Office of Cybercrime (OOC) within the DOJ and designated it as the Central Authority in all matters relating to international mutual assistance and extradition for cybercrime and cyber-related matters.

It also acts as the focal agency in formulating and implementing law enforcement investigation and prosecution strategies in curbing cybercrime and cyber-related offenses nationwide.

Powers and Functions

  1. Act as a competent authority for all requests for assistance for investigation or proceedings concerning cybercrimes, facilitate the provisions of legal or technical advice, preservation and production of data, collection of evidence, giving legal information and location of suspects;
  2. Act on complaints/referrals, and cause the investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes and other violations of the Act;
  3. Issue preservation orders addressed to service providers;
  4. Administer oaths, issue subpoena and summon witnesses to appear in an investigation or proceedings for cybercrime;
  5. Require the submission of timely and regular reports including pre-operation, post-operation and investigation results, and such other documents from the PNP and NBI for monitoring and review;
  6. Monitor the compliance of the service providers with the provisions of Chapter IV of the Act, and Rules 7 and 8 hereof;
  1. Facilitate international cooperation with other law enforcement agencies on intelligence, investigations, training and capacity-building related to cybercrime prevention, suppression and prosecution;
  2. Issue and promulgate guidelines, advisories, and procedures in all matters related to cybercrime investigation, forensic evidence recovery, and forensic data analysis consistent with industry standard practices;
  3. Prescribe forms and templates, including, but not limited to, those for preservation orders, chain of custody, consent to search, consent to assume account/online identity, and request for computer forensic examination;
  4. Undertake the specific roles and responsibilities of the DOJ related to cybercrime under the Implementing Rules and Regulation of Republic Act No. 9775 or the “Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009”; and
  5. Perform such other acts necessary for the implementation of the Act.