PNP’s “Oplan Katok” nets 41 loose firearms in Albay

 At least 41 gun owners in Albay surrendered their loose fire arms as part of the intensified implementation of the  PNP Albay's “Oplan Katok” program from January 1 to March 2, 2021. (Photo from APPO)

LEGAZPI CITY, Mar 9 (PIA) – The Albay Police Provincial Office (APPO) recovered some 41 loose firearms as the result of the intensified implementation of the “Oplan Katok” program from Jan. 1 to March 2, this year. 

According to Albay Police Provincial Office Information Officer Dexter Panganiban, the strict implementation of the campaign against loose firearms has immensely contributed to the drop in gun-related crimes in the province.

“A gun with an unrenewed license is already classified as a loose firearm and may already be subjected to search warrant operations but under the Oplan Katok, gun owners are given the chance to renew the registration of their firearms, ” Panganiban said.

The “Oplan Katok” is a continuing program of PNP wherein police personnel visit the houses of registered gun owners to validate the current status of their firearms in their possessors.

APPO Provincial Director PCol Atty. Arnold C. Santiago further calls on gun-owners with expired firearms license to renew and register to avoid penalties.

“Oplan Katok is not a campaign that threatens law-abiding gun owners. It is a reminder and guidance for them to take care of their firearms and be an opportunity to turn-in their firearms to the authorities as soon as possible while they are still processing the renewal of their gun license or registration to avoid penalties,” Santiago said.

Under "Oplan Katok", gun owners are reminded of their obligation to renew the license of their firearms. In cases when they are unable to do so, they are advised to surrender their firearms to the nearest police station for safekeeping.

Initially, the police will give a letter to the gun owner, explaining the purpose of the visit as well as the existing law and penalties for violations of Section 19 of Republic Act 10591 otherwise known as the "Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act."

This states that the failure to renew a license or registration within two (2) occasions shall cause the holder of the gun to be perpetually disqualified from applying for any firearm license. (PIA5/Albay)

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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