MANILA – The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has issued a resolution exempting law enforcement agents on official mission from paying gun handling fees when boarding an aircraft.
Under Resolution No. 07, exempted from the payment of gun handling fees charged by domestic carriers are law enforcers from the following offices:
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI),
Philippine National Police (PNP),
Presidential Security Group (PSG),
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA),
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP),
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP),
Bureau of Immigration-Law Enforcement Division (BI-LED),
Philippine Ports Authority-Port Police Department (PPA-PPD), and
Land Transportation Office-Law Enforcement Services (LTO-LES).
Also exempted are those from the Department of Trade and Industry-Consumer Welfare and Trade Regulation Group (DTI-CWTRG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Law Enforcement and Licenses Division (DENR-LELD).
Several enforcement departments of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) are also exempted.
CAB said these government agencies were allowed by law to secure firearms and other security items to enforce their functions.
“The Board takes cognizance that an exemption to pay gun handling fees in favor of these agencies, and for the protection of the law enforcement agents in official mission, is reasonable as such use of firearms or security items is necessary for the performance of those functions mandated by law,” the CAB said.
The CAB clarified that the law enforcement agents on official missions will be exempted provided that they present a valid letter or mission order with authorization to bring the subject firearm for enforcement purposes and who are able to present office identification cards and firearms license are exempted from paying the fees.
CAB added that the firearms and security items will still be subject to check-in process and the documents will also be processed by the AVSEGroup.
Exempted agencies, however, will still need to pay for other pre-approved optional or mandatory fees that may be charged in relation to the deposit of firearms or other security items such as insurance premium to cover the risk of loss, misdelivery as well as death or injury arising from accidental discharge.
The resolution was signed by Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla, Tourism Undersecretary Daniel Corpuz, and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines director general William Hotchkiss III.