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PNP-CSG steps up drive to account for more loose firearms

April 20, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 616 views

PNPTHE Philippine National Police Civil Security Group’s (PNP-CSG) program to account for more loose firearms in the country has been given a big boost after its director’s recommendation to give big performance evaluation reports to police units who will perform well in the PNP’S Revitalized Oplan: Katok was approved, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

According to PNP-CSG director, Brigadier General Benjamin H. Silo Jr., the PNP leadership gave a go-signal to his recommendation that ‘big points’ be given to PNP units who will score significant accomplishments in their effort to account for unregistered guns nationwide.

The official said that PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Major Gen. Jonnel C. Estomo noted that in particular, PNP units shall be graded on
how many notices to delinquent firearm holders they have sent to concerned gun owners and how many renewed their License to Own and Possess Firearms and Firearm Registration papers as a result of those reminders.

The PNP-CSG will provide all National Operational Support Units led by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and all 17 Police Regional Offices with the updated list of delinquent firearm holders every 15th and 30th of the month for proper action, Brig. Gen. Silo said.

“We will make it redundant, meaning we will furnish all concerned PNP units with the updated list of delinquent licensed gun holders twice a month so that they can take the appropriate actions and be graded for that,” the lawyer-general said.

Brig. Gen. Silo said he has been instructed by PNP chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. to help in the national police force’s effort to account for loose firearms in the country knowing fully well that the reduction of the presence of unlicensed guns directly affect crime statistics nationwide.

“Ang tasking ni PNP chief sa atin is bawasan ang loose firearms and we will tap our different stakeholders for that campaign,” he said. For one, the official added they will tap the Cinema Association of the Philippines in promoting their drive thru the free showing in cinemas of their audio-visual presentation on their programs and policies to address the proliferation of loose firearms nationwide.

Come August 28, he said they will seek the help of the Commission on Elections in requiring networks too to provide free airtime to their programs to ensure a much safer Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay elections.

“Alam naman natin na mas tensiyonado ang SK and Barangay election kaya dapat na mas maghipit tayo sa mga loose firearms,” Brig. Gen. Silo said.

Brig. Gen. Silo last month took over as the new PNP-CSG director with a vow to voluntarily relinquish his post before the scheduled barangay election if he would fail to deliver his promise.

First on his commitment is to score a significant reduction in the number of loose firearms as ordered by Gen. Azurin.

He said that under him, the PNP-CSG which is tasked to exercise administrative and operational control in the regulation of the firearms, explosive and security agency industries, will play a major role in achieving the peace and order, safety and security agenda of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ R. Marcos Jr.

“Hence, efficient and effective implementation of our regulatory powers must be upheld,” said the official who assumed his post during simple rites at the PNP-CSG headquarters in Camp Crame officiated by PNP Director for Comptrollership, Major Gen. Jesus D. Cambay Jr., himself a former PNP-CSG director.

Brig. Gen. Silo replaced newly-retired Major Gen. Eden T. Ugale of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ‘Bigkis-Lahi’ Class of 1990.

The PNP-CSG supervises the operations of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO) and the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies or PNP-SOSIA.

The erstwhile regional director of the Police Regional Office 11 (PRO11) in Southern Mindanao also committed to adhere to and help strengthen the policies and program thrusts of the PNP under Gen. Azurin and President Marcos.

“I will continue to protect the integrity of the organization. We will strictly continue the last practices here in CSG. We need to introduce innovations that will improve the CSG’s services to the public,” he added.

A veteran police investigator, the official declared that as a frontline service, they need to ensure compliance with the easing out of business transactions and observe principles above private gains.

“Strict observance of transparency, accountability and public trust,” he said will be a norm by the PNP-CSG and its subordinate units under his leadership.

“A public office is a public trust signifies that we have been entrusted with public power by the people. That we hold this power in trust to be used only for the benefits of the people and never for the benefits of ourselves,” he emphasized.

The official who will earn his 2nd-star with his new position also vowed to lead the PNP-CSG in taking good care of its officers down to their lowest-ranked personnel.

“Just like what I did in PRO11, I’ll assure you that if you do good in your service, I will take good care of you,” he said.

Brig. Gen. Silo also called on his men to help the current administration combat all forms of criminalities and in its campaign against illegal drugs starting with a strict implementation of firearms laws under Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and RA 9516 or illegal possession of explosives.

“Ilabas natin ang ating trabaho sa apat na kanto ng ating opisina at sa halip, ihanay natin into sa program ng PNP, DILG at ng gobyerno,” he said.

“If I fail to deliver these commitments within six months or before the scheduled barangay election, I will voluntarily relinquish my position.

Thus, I will need your support,” the official told his men.