Ilocos Norte PNP to account for 100% of firearms by year end thru LTOPF licensing

Oct 12, 2017 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) in coordination with the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) will conduct a 2-day caravan for the registration and renewal of License to Own and Posses Firearms (LTOPF)on October 12 and 13, 2017 at the Takuat Training Center, San Nicolas Ilocos Norte.

The INPPO has documented 68% of the 6, 261 baseline number of recorded firearms as of June 2017 and aims to document the remaining estimated 38% unaccounted firearms by the end of the year according to Acting Chief of the Provincial Operations and Plans Branch of INPPO, Police Chief Inspector Randy Baoit. This is in line with the continuing implementation of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Oplan Katok, which involves door-to-door inspections to address holders of undocumented firearms or those with expired licenses.

PGIN's commitment to a livable, sustainable and resilient community is a premise of Governor Imee R. Marcos governance."The first requisite of development is peace and order. Ilocos Norte is one of the safest places in the country." Marcos said.

For individual citizens who want to acquire LTOPF, the requirements are National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance or Regional Trial Court (RTC) and Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) clearance, drug test, neuro-psychiatric examination, police clearance, and attendance in gun safety seminar. For renewal of LTOPF, the requirements are NBI clearance, drug test, neuro-psychiatric examination, and LTOPF documentation. The Police Regional Office will administer the drug test, neuro-psychiatric exam, and gun safety seminar.

The INPPO will endorse successful registrants to the Regional Service Security Unit and to the Firearms and Explosives Division in Camp Crame, and registrants can expect their licenses after three weeks.

INPPO targets complete documentation of 100% of firearms through a Police Provincial Director ordinance to send individual letters to firearm holders for proper licensing.

by Edison Justin Deus



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