23 Loose Firearms from Hadji Muhtamad turned-over to Army Special Forces, Joint Task Force Basilan.

Hadji Muhtammad, Basilan – Residents of Pilas Island, Municipality of Hadji Muhtamad (HM), Basilan, formally turned over a total of 23 unregistered firearms to the local government of Basilan Province and to the military of the said province this morning, January 30, 2023, at Brgy. Tausan, Pilas Island.

This was made possible through the collaborative effort of the Provincial Government of Basilan headed by Gov. Jim Hataman – Salliman, the Local Government Unit of Hadji Muhtamad Municipality through Mayor Arsina Kahing – Nanoh and Joint Task Force Basilan/101st Infantry Brigade under BGen Domigo B Gobway PA. Indeed, their determination and dedication to sustain peace in the province is on their top priority. It will pave the way to progress and economic development in the whole province of Basilan.

This activity is in line with the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) program of the Provincial Government of Basilan which aims to encourage locals to submit and turn over their loose firearms to the government in order to reduce the number of unregistered firearms to achieve better, peaceful and resilient Province of Basilan.

Meanwhile, Honorable Arsina Nanoh, Mayor of Hadji Muhtamad, commended those who turned over their loose firearms in stepping forward in the betterment of their island. Mayor Nanoh also expressed her heartfelt gratitude to 19th Special Forces Company led by Cpt Marvin S Janicto for unwavering support in shaping the overall peace and development of Hadji Muhtamad Municipality.

In his speech, BGEN DOMINGO B GOBWAY, 101st Infantry Brigade Commander, recognized the efforts of 4th Special Forces Battalion led by LTC Bernard P Samin and Hadji Muhtamad Mayor Arsina Nanoh who facilitated the turn-over of loose firearms in connection with the Small Arms and Light Weapons Program of the Province.

Subsequently, Governor Jim Hataman – Salliman emphasized in his message that he strongly supports the SALW program and aims to totally eradicate unregistered weapons in the whole Province of Basilan to promote harmony and make the province a better place to live.

Lastly, Commanding Officer of 4th Special Forces Battalion headed by LTC BERNARD P SAMIN (GSC) INF PA mentioned that his unit will continue to raise the bar of dedication to duty in accomplishing its mission and in doing its share for the overall peace and development of Basilan Province.