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Philippines. 2008 ‘Challenges and Obstacles Met in the Implementation of the PoA.’ National Report of the Philippines on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 8. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations. 31 March
The Philippines, being an archipelago, is composed of numerous islands and islets scattered south of Taiwan and North of Borneo and Indonesia, creating a very long and broken coastline. It is therefore very difficult and even very expensive to effectively patrol these coastlines rendering them virtually unguarded and making them vulnerable to arms smuggling. Hence, proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons in the country has become a meta-problem with its adverse implications to the socio-political and economic fiber of the Philippine society. Illegal arms trade has fuelled insurgency, criminality, political warlordism, banditry, and other forms of criminality.
To address these concerns, the Philippine government needs to establish a central repository of all information pertaining to firearms trafficking; conduct a joint research and information exchange aimed at identifying smuggling routes; enact laws that will criminalize firearms smuggling/trafficking; and adopt relevant measures for capacity building.