PNP stresses need for effective gun control

By Vernadette Joven ( Updated June 04, 2010 04:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police chief Director General Jesus Verzosa stressed the importance of having an effective implementation of the gun control program.

Speaking at the opening ceremonies of the Gun Summit this morning in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Versoza said now is the perfect time to have an efficient gun control program in the country.

“This initiative comes at a most significant time when we are freshly reeling from the successful culmination of a 150-day election period during, which we strictly implemented a nationwide firearms prohibition under the same spirit and intent of this National Firearms Control Program (NFCP) that we seriously look forward to achieve,” Versoza said.

The PNP chief said that the main objective of the summit is to review the implementation of various components under the NCFP, which was established last year to address the growing concern over the proliferation of loose firearms.

After the assessment, the NCFP will focus on five components, namely rationalized firearms control, provisions of security detail, legislative agenda, accounting, inventory and registration of firearms. and continuing law enforcement actions.

“By hosting this event, the PNP seeks to facilitate a lively and open exchange of opinion to energize our common desire for effective gun control,” Versoza added.

Representatives of the Department of Interior Local Government and the National Police Commission were also present in the summit.

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