Negros Oriental PNP urge gun holders to avail of extended firearms amnesty

November 3, 2009 9:36 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Nov. 4 -– Negros Oriental Philippine National Police (PNP) provincial director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. is urging holders of loose firearms to immediately process their papers in line with the government amnesty program which has been extended to November 30 this year.

An estimated 600 private gun owners have availed of the amnesty program since it was implemented during the entire month of October, he said.

Sr. Supt. Marquez said this is an opportunity for those who missed the deadline last Oct. 31st to avail of the government’s firearms amnesty program.

He said the firearms registration does not only collect additional income for the government but also helps reduce the number of unlicensed firearms in the community.

The police official also explained that he made arrangements to hold the licensing of loose firearms last month at the Capitol for easy access during the completion of requirements and paying of fees directly to Land Bank of the Philippines in Dumaguete City.

Recently, though, the licensing team has been transferred to the Dumaguete PNP station, he added.

The money that will be collected from the firearms amnesty will be used to purchase additional patrol cars and build police stations, Marquez said. (PNA) FFC/jfp/MA

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