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PNP releases multiplier protocols

Kristina Maralit

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday disclosed that it has now laid protocols regarding the licensing, arming and posting of private force multipliers as a response to Malacañang’s issuance of a circular placing the entire country under a State of Public Health Emergency and the whole of Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine.

The PNP’s protocols are intended for Private Security Agencies (PSAs) and Security Guards (SGs) who keep watch over establishments “within the quarantined zones” as they are recognized of playing a vital role “in the security and safety in their posted areas even if business is lesser and even more if the business or company is close or non-operational, thus making security paramount,” as stated by the police’s Civil Security Group (CSG).

The new guidelines were recommended by CSG Director, PMaj. Roberto Fajardo and approved by PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa.

Among them is the exemption of security guards from the enhanced quarantine along with an issuance of a special pass as they need to secure the safety of establishments during the quarantine period.

Security guards rendering duty need only to present a valid ID, their License to Exercise Security Profession (LESP), and their Duty Detail Order at all designated PNP Checkpoints, while the extension of the renewal of security guard IDs and LESPs was also greenlighted by the PNP national headquarters.

Also approved is the extension for expiring License to Own Posses Firearm (LTOPF), Firearm Registration, and License to Operate for Firearms stakeholder to include the Private Security Agencies, which fall under the police’s Firearms and Explosive Office (FEO), which will not be subjected to any penalty.

All licensees and other stakeholders can start to renew at the end of the quarantine period.

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