By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police Chief, Police General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr., led the ceremonial demilitarization of assorted discarded Firearms at the PNP Grandstand, Transformation Oval, Camp BGen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City on Monday, October 24.
Through the joint effort of the Directorate for Logistics and PNP National Headquarters Disposal Committee, a total of 6,526 units beyond economical repair (BER) including those confiscated, captured, surrendered, deposited, abandoned, and forfeited and turned over to the PNP property firearms (CCSDAF-TPPF) were destroyed.
The PNP Logistics office initiated the demilitarization process by conducting inventory and technical inspection on the 25,476 units of CCSDAF-TPPF from February 8 last year to January 25, 2022, followed by a series of demilitarization processes.
Under the PNP Memorandum Circular No. 2017-017, Demilitarization of BER firearms which means “Destruction” of firearms, explosives, and ammunition is an allowable method of disposal if PNP Property is already unsaleable and may pose a hazard to the public if not destroyed.
“This demilitarization process renders these firearms and their parts unusable by reducing them to scrap metal, thus preventing them from being recycled into functional firearms”, PNP Chief said.
Azurin also added that this event is part of the PNP gun control measures to keep firearms off the hands of criminal elements and unauthorized individuals.
The Demilitarization Process involved cutting individual steel pieces into sections using a circular saw or blowtorch, bending and deforming each piece, deforming hammer and trigger assembly using a blowtorch, grinder, or power tools, and cutting or chopping wooden parts, and stamping aluminum parts.
The cut-up metal pieces are disposed-off as recyclable scrap materials and may be forged or fabricated into farming tools and industrial equipment soon the PNP said.
Scrap or waste materials from demilitarized firearms, on the other hand, will be disposed of through public bidding. Proceeds will be used to support the organization’s plans and programs. (ai/mtvn)