CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – The local leaders of Kapatagan, Balabagan, Malabang, Picong and Marogong towns in the Province of Lanao del Sur handed-over a total of 10 unregistered firearms to 6th Infantry Battalion in a turn-over ceremony held at Battalion Headquarter in Brgy. Matling, Malabang, Lanao del Sur on April 15, 2019.
The ceremony occurred during the 13th Ranao Ragat Inter Agency Task Force (RRIATF) meeting with Col Wilbur C. Mamawag, Commander 603rd Infantry Brigade as the Co-Chairperson.
Surrendered were three M16 Rifles, four M1 Garand, one M1 Carbine, one M79, and one 12-guage shotgun.
The collected firearms from the local folks were handed-over through their Municipal Mayors of said towns in the presence of BARRM DPWH representative, Chiefs of Police and other civilian guests.
The meeting also discussed the peace security updates, criminality and future socio- cultural plans and programs.
“The handover of firearms is a collaborative effort with the local leaders in support to our campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms,” said Ltc Clairemont W. Pinpin Commanding Officer of 6IB.
Col Mamawag expressed his gratitude for the support of the local leaders in the quest against proliferation of loose firearms as this will bring peace to the community.
6th Infantry Division Commander, Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana is delighted that the member of RRIATF has done its part to contribute in the increasing number of surrendered firearms in the area of 6th ID.
A total of 2,069 firearms were handed-over to 6th ID as of today.