ALL Philippine National Police units have stepped-up their implementation of the PNP’s Oplan: Katok where uniformed officers knock on the doors of owners of firearms with delinquent registration and persuade them to renew their licenses or surrender them to the nearest police station for safekeeping purposes.
On orders of PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, all 17 police regional offices are fully implementing their Oplan: Katok against delinquent firearms’ holders as one of their measures to ensure that firearms with expired licenses won’t be used in the commission of crimes during the mid-term elections in May next year.
The anti-gun drive has been in effect long before the PNP launched its vaunted Oplan: Tokhang in July 2016 in which uniformed policemen visit the house of suspected drug personalities and appeal on on them to surrender and undergo drug treatment and rehabilitation.
Two police units known for effectively implementing the PNP Oplan: Katok — the Quezon City Police District and the Batangas Police Provincial Office. Since last year, the two police units have accounted for hundreds of firearms with expired licenses—all considered as illegal guns already—by launching a massive public awareness drive to inform those with delinquent gun licenses to turn them over to authorities immediately if they have no intention of renewing their licenses at the soonest time.
QCPD director Chief Superintendent Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. has been calling on all gun holders who have in their possession firearms with expired licenses to find time to renew them in order to avoid any inconvenience on their part.