NAVAL, Biliran, (PIA) — The Civil Security Unit (CSU) team of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Regional Office 8, at Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte, urged gun holders and owners to secure License To Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) and renew it upon expiration.

The regional CSU team led by SPO3 Joessie Delantar, who was in Biliran to conduct a one day one-stop-shop, disclosed that a total of 978 registered firearms with expired licenses have been counted for the entire province of Biliran.

This figure exclude those who have already applied for the regular LTOPF at the regional office and the 68 applicants for the Provisional License To Own and Possess Firearms (PLTOPF) held on October 27, 2017, at the Naval Police Station, Naval, Biliran.

The team is quite sure unrenewed licenses in Biliran remain critical though records at the regional office cannot show the number of applicants for the regular LTOPF.

With the critical assumption on the remaining unlicensed firearms, the CSU team urged all gun holders and owners whose licenses have expired to deposit their firearms in their respective police stations and apply or renew their LTOP at the regional office.

Meanwhile, several applicants for the PLTOPF last October at the Naval Police Station stressed the distance of place of application and the number of requirements to be complied in applying and renewing their licenses which also entail more expenses.

They plan to seek the assistance of the congressional office and provincial government of Biliran in taking the PNP regional teams to Biliran province to facilitate the application for the regular LTOPF in Biliran.

The CSU team informed it takes two days and needs four PNP regional units – Civil Security Unit, Health Office, Crime Laboratory Office, and Fiance Service – composed of around 20 personnel to handle the processing of LTOPF applications. (ajc/FJ/mlt/PIA8-Biliran)

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