DILG lauds PNP for introducing customer-friendly gun licensing system

MANILA-- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino 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.

In a statement on Tuesday, Cuy said "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."

He said 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," Cuy 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 No. 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.

Source: Philippine News Agency