Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy has lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) for introducing a more simplified system for obtaining provisional licenses to own and possess firearms (LTOPF).
A Provisional LTOPF is issued to allow transfer or renewal of ownership of a firearm but it cannot be used in securing new firearms.
DILG OIC Cuy said that the simplified system of acquiring LTOPF is definitely a timely move from the PNP as there have been complaints from firearms owners who go through the tedious and time- consuming process of securing gun licenses.
Cuy said that with the implementation of the easier system of securing a provisional LTOPF, the period of application will be cut to three days from the usual 11-day timeframe.
"This is good news to our gun owners. Kudos to PNP and Chief Ronald Dela Rosa for crafting this improved process for the benefit of the people," he said.
Aside from the shortened processing time, Cuy said the application for a provisional LTOPF will only require three requirements -- a fully accomplished application form, P500 fee, and a valid identification card � as opposed to the previous 11 requirements.
Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act stipulates more than 10 requirements to qualify for a LTOPF such as a psychiatric test administered by a PNP-accredited psychologist or psychiatrist which may take at least a week to process.
According to the PNP, the provisional LTOPF is a simplified version of what RA 10591 requires, at least in the requirements aspect of it.
The PNP also said that the approved provisional LTOPF will only be valid for nine months and cannot be used to get hold of new firearms.
For his part, PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said that it is about time to improve the system for the issuance of provisional LTOPF so as to encourage responsible ownership among gun aficionados and to reduce the number of loose firearms.
The new system will be implemented in three weeks' time.
Source: Department of the Interior and Local Government