The proliferation of loose firearms in the region has been one of the major problems that continue to challenge the effectiveness of anti-criminality and peace and order campaigns of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies. Over the years, various firearm amnesty programs have been implemented in order to help address the problem. The latest was contained in the National Firearms Control Program (NFCP) - a program developed pursuant to Executive Order Numbers 817 and 817-A. The NFCP had also given birth to RA No. 10591 which is thus far considered a much tougher firearms control law. Despite these efforts, however, the problem of loose firearms remains.
Police Regional Office 9 will be having a simultaneous sports activity, dubbed as "Pulisteniks, Bisekletahan at Takbong Anibersaryo 2014" on Saturday, August 2, 2014. The events are in line with the combined celebration of the 113th Police Service Anniversary and 19th Police Community Relations Month Culminating Ceremony which will be celebrated on August 8, 2014 at the Police Regional Office 9 Multi-Purpose Hall, Camp Colonel Romeo A Abendan, Mercedes, Zamboanga City at 10:00 in the morning.