The 18th Infantry Battalion, in partnership with the Tipo-Tipo local government unit in Basilan, facilitated the ceremonial stenciling and inventory of 229 varied loose and unregistered firearms on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
The ceremonial stenciling and inventory was organized by Lt. Col. Egverr Jonathan Abutin, Battalion Commander of 18IB, and Tipo-Tipo Mayor Arcam Istarul at the Covered Court of Barangay Tipo-Tipo Proper, Municipality of Tipo-Tipo.
According to Lt. Col. Abutin said firearms are owned by residents from the 11 barangays of the said municipality. Villagers from Tipo-Tipo proper own 69 of the stenciled firearms, with 40 from Bana, 25 from Bangcuang, 24 from Bohe Lebbung, 23 from Bohe Baca, eight from Badja, 13 from Bohe Tambak, 13 from Lagayas, eight from Limbo Upas, five from Baguindan, and one from Silangkum.
Basilan Governor Hadjiman S. Hataman-Salliman, Police Col. Rodrigo Maramo of the Basilan Provincial Police Office, and Joint Task Force Basilan Commander Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway were also present at the event.
“This is in relation to the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) program that we successfully implemented here in Basilan,” said Brig. Gen. Gobway.
“The stenciling is done to determine the serial number of the firearms for documentation purposes,” he added.
The Joint Task Force Basilan was praised by Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Acting Commander of Western Mindanao Command, for this commendable endeavor.
“This is a good move to gain the trust and support of the people,” Maj. Gen. Ponio stated.
All firearms were returned to their owners after stenciling and inventory.