Deona said those who received the 9mm firearms were police officers with the rank of PO1 to PO3.
The RSPB members expressed joy for having received the firearms as most of them have not yet possessed a gun since they entered the service.
"Gamitin nang tama at gamitin para sa tama (Use them properly and use them for what is right)," Deona told the recipients of the guns.
He said the recipients will soon start training on shooting at their newly finished camp firing range.
Deona added that police officers who will become members of the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit that will be organized by the regional office will undergo rigid shooting training.
In preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Albay, especially in Legazpi City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol Regional Office will invest in the SWAT and make it of international standard in terms of training and equipment like firearms, bullet proof vest, night vision goggles, helmets and other necessary gadgets, the regional top official disclosed.
The funds for the training and purchase of the equipment will no longer be requested from the PNP national headquarters but will come from the savings of the regional office.
“What I only asked from you is the dedication to your duty so that you can perform your job well,” Deona stressed.
The PNP regional office is not only busy with providing firearms and other equipment to the police officers but also with rehabilitating offices damaged by typhoon “Glenda” so that organization could continue providing services to the Bicolanos and visitors in the region.(PNA)
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