by: Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran – With 83 percent of the registered firearms in Biliran already expired based on the report of the Biliran Police Provincial Office (BPPO) from January to June 2015, an intensified campaign on firearms registration and renewal are set this month.
“There are 942 registered firearms in Biliran province, of the number, 782 are already expired”, Police Superintendent Mateo B. Macale, BPPO deputy provincial director for administration and operation reported during the PIA Kapihan at Pulong-Pulong ng Bayan over Radyo Natin-Naval recently.
Macale informed that BPPO has already the conduct of a two-day caravan for the license to own and possess (LTOP) firearms this month of August, however, the schedule is still subject for approval from the regional office of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Palo, Leyte.
As of reporting time, Macale said, there are already additional 160 firearms renewed, 366 gun owners advised to renew their firearms and 54 registration renewal which is still on process based on the BPPO record.
He also reported that based on record, there were 49 firearms sold, 10 denied ownership, 79 were lost, 93 gun owners no longer residing in the province, 66 surrendered and deposited, 66 gun owners already died and one exhibited in court.
“All the chiefs of police in the eight police stations in the province are also ordered to conduct “Oplan Katok” or the conduct of personal visit to firearm holders in Biliran province”, Macale further said to ensure the renewal or registration of their firearms for purposes of proper accounting.
He likewise urged firearms holders in the province to register and renew their firearms to avoid facing penal sanctions as provided by law.
“Though the processing is a little bit tedious because of the several requirements needed for the renewal and registration of firearms, yet it is the most appropriate way to do as a law-abiding citizen” Macale emphasized.
He also said that BPPO, lately, has conducted a gun safety and responsible gun ownership program seminar to some 40 firearm owners in Biliran province and this will be a continuing program of the BPPO. # (fj/PIA 8 Biliran)