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Agency intensifies campaign vs unlicensed security guards, guns

The Regional Civil Security Unit (RCSU) is intensifying the post-to-post inspection of security guards in Southern Mindanao to determine if all security guards possess the necessary licenses.

Speaking in yesterday’s AFP-PNP press briefing held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Lt. Col. Julius Silagan, the RCSU chief, said their office are rationalizing the issuance of permits and licenses to security agencies and their personnel.

Last weekend, a security guard took around 30 people hostage inside V-mall in Greenhills, San Juan. Fortunately, the incident did not end in a tragedy.

Authorities later found out that the hostage taker used a defaced firearm.

“They will also check that the firearms they are carrying have a license,” he said. “It’s not allowed to deploy firearms with defaced serial number because it should be registered.”

For the first offense, the security agency will be penalized for P10,000, P20,000 for the second offense, and revocation of license for the third offense.

Based on their record, there are 87 security agencies based in the region. Of the total number of registered businesses, 44 are also operating outside Southern Mindanao.

“Once they are issued the license to operate, the scope will be nationwide. So, anywhere they can conduct business,” he said.

The erring security agency will be issued a violation ticket report that will outline the list of violations. He said that every time they conduct an inspection, they will always come across a security guard without a license or an expired license.

“That is why our effort for now is informing the security agencies against employing security guards without licenses,” he added.

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