MANILA – Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Brig. Gen. Nicolas Torre III on Tuesday announced that they have conducted house-to-house visits on 1,959 gun owners in the city under the weeklong One-Time, Big-Time (OTBT) operations on Revitalized “Oplan Katok” from April 17 to 23.
“Ang buong pwersa ng kapulisan ng QCPD, katuwang ang ating QCitizens ay kaisa sa pagpapatupad ng batas na naglalayong mapanatiling ligtas ang ating mga kababayan (The full police force of the QCPD, in cooperation with our QCitizens, is one with the implementation of the law aimed at keeping our citizens safe). This successful operation is an indication that your police force is doing their best to keep our citizens safe from lawless elements,” Torre said.
The OTBT was carried out in response to the directive of National Capital Region Police Office regional director Maj. Gen. Edgar Allan Okubo to intensify the simultaneous anti-criminality campaign on Republic Act 10591, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.
It was an all-out police operation simultaneously conducted against illegal drug personalities, most wanted persons, loose firearms and all other forms of crimes.
The QCPD’s “Oplan Katok” successfully resulted in reminding owners of some 1,959 firearms classified as pistols, machine pistol, high powered pistols, revolvers and shotguns.
With the total of identified firearms, 64 firearms were surrendered for safekeeping.
“Oplan Katok” is a program of the Philippine National Police wherein authorities go house-to-house to visit firearm holders who have not renewed their firearms license yet to urge them renew their firearm permits or have these guns stored in police vaults for safekeeping. (PNA)