The Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has activated the PNP-AFP action centers (PAACs) established within the territorial boundaries of the province.
Senior Supt. R'win Pagkalinawan, Pampanga provincial police director, said that the activation of the PNP-AFP action center is intended to secure the entry and exit points in the province that would help ensure a peaceful and orderly May midterm elections.
The PNP-AFP action centers were activated for the apprehension of those who violate the gun ban and seize illegal firearms, inspect suspicious individuals and vehicles to avoid violence especially election-related incidents, Pagkalinawan said.
The PNP-AFP action center is a joint project of the Pampanga police, Philippine Army, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through the initiative of the provincial government.
At present, there are four PNP-AFP action centers which are located along boundaries of the province: Barangay Mapalad in Arayat; Barangay San Roque in Magalang; Barangay Dolores in Mabalacat and along the Floridablanca-Dinalupihan boundary.
Meanwhile, the Regional Special Operations Task Force (RSOTG) is likewise conducting regular checkpoints in various municipalities in support to the municipal police personnel to prevent lawless and private armed groups from interfering with the holding of 2013 midterm elections.
The police likewise intensified the campaign against unlicensed firearms following the launching of "Katok Operation" in December last year.
This resulted to confiscation and voluntary surrender of firearms by the gun holders whose supporting papers are expired or application for registration is still pending.