Getting a license to own and possess firearms (LTOPF) is easier now that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has streamlined the process in accordance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to do away with redundancy.
PNP chief Ronald de la Rosa said they have reduced the requirements for LTOPF from 10 to four.
Dela Rosa said an applicant need only to submit the results of a neuro-psychiatric screening and drug test, a police clearance, and the RTC/MTC or NBI clearance.
“As we are streamlining the processes, we are further automating our system, so that [applicants] need not queue anymore. As President [Duterte] said, he does not want people falling in line for a government service,” de la Rosa told reporters.
The PNP chief added that applicant who submitted their documents in the morning can get their license after several hours.
“If the application was filed by 11 a.m., the commitment slip will state that the license will be ready by 5 p.m. of the same day. If the application was filed after 11 a.m., the permit will be available the following day,” de la Rosa said.
He said the firearms and explosives officer who fails to release the license on the date and time written on the commitment slip will be required to explain the delay.