Four municipalities from North Cotabato province formally handed over a total of 254 loose firearms to the 6th Infantry Division last July 19 at the provincial gymnasium in Amas, Kidapawan. The loose firearms were from the municipalities of Aleosan, Kabacan, Pigcawan and Libungan. “I would like to thank the local chief executives of the province of North Cotabato for their support and cooperation in the campaign against loose firearms of the national leadership,” said Brig. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of 6th Infantry Division. The army commander also commended the leadership of Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza under whose efforts a total of 772 loose firearms have been surrendered in her province to date. “The number of firearms surrendered can be translated into the reduction of crimes in the community that will greatly contribute to achieve long and lasting peace,” Sobejana added. Mendoza said she will not stop until loose firearms are totally eradicated in her province. Also present at the turnover ceremony were Pigcawayan Mayor Eliseo Garcesa, Libungan Mayor Cristopher Cuan, Aleosan Mayor Vicente Sorupia and Kabacan Mayor Herlo Guzman Jr. as well as 602nd Brigade Commander Col. Alfredo V. Rosario, 34th Infantry Battalion Commander Angelo Lutera and Lt. Col. Ciriaco Lomas-e. Among the firearms surrendered were 3 cal 7.62mm sniper rifle, 5 cal 7.62mm M14, 2 caliber 5.56mm Ultimax, 2 caliber 5.56mm M16, 9 cal .50 sniper rifle, 1 cal .30 sniper rifle, 42 cal .30 Garrand, 44 cal .30 Mussel, 4 cal .30 Carbine, 1 cal .30 light machine gun, 3 cal .30 Browning Automatic rifle, 51 12-Gauge Shotgun, 43 cal 40mm M79 grenade launcher, 1 cal 40mm M203, 1 rocket propelled grenade, 4 60mm mortar, 1 single-shot pistol, 1 single-shot M16, 2 Thompson, 17 Springfield rifles, 2 Carbines, 2 cal 9mm UZI, 2 KG9, 2 12-gauge shot pistol, 1 cal .45 pistol, and 8 cal .38 revolver.