Residents from seven barangays in Pikit Municipality, North Cotabato relinquished seven high-powered firearms to Joint Task Force (JTF) Central forces in Brgy. Ladtingan, Pikit, Cotabato on Friday, November 19, 2021.
The surrender of seven loose firearms was made feasible, according to Lt. Col. Rommel Mundala, Commanding Officer of the 90th Infantry Battalion, with the assistance of the barangay chairmen of the Pikit Municipality’s barangays Pamalian, Punol, Macasendeg, Damalasak, Kolambog, Silik, and Pulangi. Two US Carbine Cal 30 rifles, one US Cal 30 M1 Springfield rifle, two M1 Garand rifles, and two M1917 Enfield rifles were among the weapons surrendered.
The Commander of 602Bde, Col. Jovencio F. Gonzales, commended the community’s efforts in achieving this goal of peace.
“The people of North Cotabato along with the local government units has been our active partners in the attainment of peace and stability in the province,” Col. Gonzales said.
Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of JTF Central and the 6th Infantry Division, also appeals to communities in other provinces under the JTF Central Joint Area of Operation to emulate Pikit, North Cotabato’s efforts in clearing their areas of loose firearms.
“A community without loose firearms indicates that it is stable and peaceful, free from any threat influence,” added Maj. Gen. Uy added, urging communities and local government units to trust the military and police in implementing law and order in their areas.