CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – The Police Regional Office here has taped the muzzle of all firearms issued to policemen in the region two days before the end of the year to ensure that these will not be used for indiscriminate firing during the New Year’s celebration.
PCSupt. Bucayu said that the sealing of the muzzles of the guns is in line with the directive of PNP Chief Police Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima who recently visited PRO1 last Dec 27.
“Sealing the muzzles of these guns is a clear manifestation of implementing measures against indiscriminate firing. Let this taping become not merely ceremonial but to help make the New Year a happy and safe celebration,” Bucayu said.
The PRO1 director also stressed that the taped firearms of policemen will be inspected immediately after the New Year and any police officer caught violating the directive will definitely face criminal and administrative charges tantamount to dismissal from the police service.
The sealing of firearms is an annual nationwide campaign of the PNP during the holidays to compel policemen to refrain from using their guns for merrymaking purposes.
The taping of the muzzle of the firearms was witnessed by representatives from the Department of Health Regional Office1 (DOH RO1) and Melchito M. Castro, Director of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC)
Castro commended the PRO1 for being one of the backbones of disaster operations and for conducting the noble activity to eliminate risk of gunshot wounds to achieve a zero casualty in the region.
Meanwhile, Dr. Julia Raquel Magalong, representing DOH RO1, stressed that just like the PNP, they will work 24 hours monitoring closely hospitals, clinics and other treatment centers .
The PNP also partners with the DOH to implement “Iwas paputok/Iwas disgrasya” campaign to reduce if not totally eradicate injuries and deaths caused by firecrackers and stray bullets.#