The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) strengthened its collaboration as both agencies signed two Joint Letter Directive (JLD) on Friday, April 12, during the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center Conference held at Eastmincom Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City.
Eastmincom spokesperon Major Ezra Balagtey announced the signing of the joint directive and bared its details after the formal ceremony.
“Through this, both agencies will continue to strengthen the cooperation and interoperability of both organizations in the fields of Law Enforcement and Internal Security Operations,” Balagtey said.
Balagtey said Eastmincom commander Leutenant General Felimon T. Santos, Jr. and DIPO Eastern Mindanao director Police Major General Alfredo Valdez spearheaded the signing of JLD.
“The meeting is in line with the continuous enhancement of the inter-operability and Eastern Mindanao joint security assessment of the two agencies as major stakeholders of peace and security in eastern Mindanao,” Balagtey added.
The first of the JLD signed has updates of the existing coordinating mechanism between the two organizations and aims to synchronize and converge efforts relative to the peace and security of different communities in its Area of Responsibility (AOR).
The second JLD, however, describes the role of AFP and PNP in securing the conduct of the upcoming election in Eastern Mindanao
Prior to the latest update, it can be recalled that both Eastmincom and DIPO Eastern Mindanao has a standing Inter-Agency and Joint Security Plan for Eastern Mindanao that was signed on October 25, 2018.
Santos, according to Balagtey, emphasized that the JLD shall institutionalize the collaboration and convergence of AFP and PNP in Eastern Mindanao.
“The collaboration and interoperability of the two organizations are important in order to optimize the government security capability in carrying out the primary mandate of securing the people. With the institutionalization of the “Whole of Nation Approach,” the two organization can complement each other and other agencies in their respective function,” said Santos.