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Eastern Mindanao Command strengthens border security

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NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Aside from the enhanced maritime patrol being conducted by the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao and the joint maritime patrol with the Philippine Coast Guard in the territorial waters in South Eastern Mindanao, Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) further intensified the border crossing security to prevent terrorist and other transnational crime syndicate from using the backdoor as entry point with the creation of an inter-agency border security council.

During the Inter-Agency meeting at Headquarters Eastern Mindanao Command at Naval Station Felix  Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City on June 28, 2017 the Inter-Agency attendees discussed and provided input in enhancing the southern border security. Further it was agreed upon to organize a Border Security Council that will be composed of different agencies involved in maritime, immigration, foreign relations and other law enforcement agencies; and different Local Government Units.

The Inter-Agency Border Security Council will be a mechanism and venue for member agency in reporting and assessing border security and recommending measures to be undertaken. It also defines the role and task of each member agency in the effort of securing the border.

Meanwhile, border crossing stations in Cape San Agustin in Governor Generoso and Balut Island, Saranggani, Davao Occidental are being improved to strengthen the watch and monitoring system of the territorial border in Eastern Mindanao.

On the other hand Joint Task Force Haribon is presently profiling the different bancas along the Davao Gulf as part of the effort of enhancing the “Bantay Dagat” a community based coastal security as additional measure of security. In coordination with Local Government Units this will be replicated in all coastal areas in EMC AOR.

Contact:

BGEN GILBERT I GAPAY AFP

Spokesperson for MLI in EM

Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

Cellphone: +639178453186

E-mail: eastmincom.pio2014@gmail.com

EMC supports BUC’s Call for Peace

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NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) supports the Manifesto of the Bishop Ulama Conference (BUC) calling for peace in Marawi issued on June 15, 2017.

It is always the fervent hope of the Command that just and lasting peace will be achieved not only in Marawi, but also in the whole country.

The Command likewise reiterates the call to the general public not to share fake news and information as it only adds confusion and fear to the present situation.

 

Philippine Army Welcomes 110 Skilled Professionals and Athletes for Training

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Capas, Tarlac– The Philippine Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), under Brig. Gen. Casiano C. Monilla welcomed one hundred ten (110) strong students of special enlistment in an opening ceremony at the TRADOC Grandstand in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac yesterday afternoon March 2, 2017.

The said special enlistees who are composed of highly skilled professionals and athletes will undergo 6 months rigorous military training at the School for Candidate Soldier, TRADOC under its Commandant Col. Radito Sese.

The following are the professional sports and skills of the students: Martial artists, basketball, volleyball and badminton players, marathoners, dragon boat, musicians, computer programmers, researchers, welders, electricians, drivers and many other skills.

The 6-month training will equip the students the needed education and skills that an individual needs in serving the country as a soldier. After graduation, they will join the Philippine Army’s Special Services. They will continue their passion as athletes and skilled professionals.

During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Monilla congratulated the students for joining the noble profession of arms. He said that the training is a reward in itself in his message. “It will hone your knowledge and skills of basic soldiery and develop your competence as you prepare to be the defender of our constitution and our nation. These training exercises are not designed to make your life difficult but to ensure that you develop the discipline required of a professional soldier who obeys orders and accomplish missions”. Brig. Gen. Monilla said

The reception rite was witnessed by some relatives and loved ones of the students.

JTF Haribon deploys troops for ASEAN

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NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Task Force Haribon of the Eastern Mindanao Command held a send off ceremony in the morning of January 13, 2017 at Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City.

The forces will support the Philippine National Police in securing the launching and other related activities of ASEAN ‘17 in Davao City.

The forces deployed comprises of troops and equipment coming from air force, navy and army. It includes Explosive Ordnance Demolition Teams, K-9,  Medical Teams and Quick Reaction Forces.

Other AFP assets deployed were armored vehicles, helicopters, ambulances and military trucks necessary in case of emergency.

BGen Gilbert I. Gapay Commander Joint Task Force Haribon led the send off and encourage the troops to give their best in this critical mission.

“Sa mission na to ibigay natin ang dedikasyon natin na syang tunay na marka ng isang kawal, mandirigma at manlalayag”.

The Task Force Haribon is expected to employ about 2000 personnel during the ASEAN.

JTF Sulu sends 11 Platoons of Bayanihan Teams for Talipao and Patikul

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Camp Bautista, Sulu, Dec 6, 2016- Joint Task Force Sulu is sending 11 platoons of Bayanihan Teams to the different Barangays of Patikul and Talipao starting Tuesday.

In a simple ceremony held at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, Tuesday; Col Jesus Manangquil Jr the JTF Sulu Commander stressed the importance of partnership between the military and Local Government Units in the area to realize a peaceful and progressive Sulu. ”

We will be there to help our constituents to alleviate their lives and be more fruitful citizens” he also said.

Bayanihan Team Activity or BTA is a community based program wherein military units are immersed in the barangays to provide assistance such as livelihood, medical and dental care; and others to the communities in partnership with the LGUs, LGAs and NGOs.

The activity was also attended by Vice-Mayor Datu Jun Tarsum as representative of Mayor Patikul, ABC President Rudy Yusop representative of Mayor Talipao and some members of Media.

POC CPT JASON ROY MARARAC / 09175875265 / JTF SULU CMO OFFICER

Soldiers undergo combat stress debriefing in Sulu

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Camp Bautista, Sulu, Oct 4, 2016- Soldiers at the forefront of the relentless combat operations against the bandit group Abu Sayyaf (ASG) in Sulu are undergoing continuous combat stress debriefing to cope with psychological rigors of their job.

Three companies from different battalions have so far undergone the combat stress debriefing being conducted by a steady flow of medical teams coming from the AFP Medical Center.

This is the third week of debriefing with medical teams composed of health professionals from various specializations with majority from the Psychological Health Department. Priests from the Chaplain Service are also part of the teams.

Two teams from AFP medical center have so far completed the three-week process and are set to be replaced by another team from Manila.

The combat stress debriefing is a mechanism to ensure the psychological health, morale and welfare of troops involved in highly dangerous combat operations. Such type of stress was first observed on American troops during the Vietnam War by medical personnel and was found out to be a type of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

The debriefing aims to address possible cases of PTSD among troops, a sickness that is beyond superficial wounds common among soldiers, policemen and other law enforcers who have been to combat zones or some life threatening situations.

Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, commander of JTF Sulu said, “Combat stress debriefing is part of the program of the AFP to take care of the health and welfare of troops involved in combat. The AFP provides a continuing healthcare program to our soldiers from the moment officers and troops get commissioned or enlisted until they retire from the service”.

Combat fatigue and battle stress debriefing are provided to our soldiers in view of their perilous mission. This is to address any possible problem or stress that may affect the performance; and medical and psychological health of soldiers assigned in combat zones.

Released by: Information Support Team, JTF Sulu

Wounded soldiers in Sulu receive medals, rescue efforts continue

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Camp Bautista, Sulu, Sep 30, 2016- Five soldiers wounded in different encounters against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were given medals by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a simple ceremony at Camp Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo 9am Friday.

Awarded with the Wounded Personnel Medal were 2Lt Joelimar Sulit, TSg Mario de Guzman Jr., Sgt Berhamin Jumdana, Pfc Deborah Paracuelles and Pvt Michael Andre Atega.

Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, commander of JTF Sulu personally pinned the medals on the wounded troops who are recuperating at the Station Hospital.

“This is one way of recognizing the bravery and services of our troops in protecting the people of Sulu”, Brig. Gen. Dela Vega said.

Soldiers continue to scour suspected ASG lairs in Sulu to rescue the remaining kidnap victims. Thirteen hostages; six Indonesians, six Filipinos and one Norwegian have been rescued or released since the assumption of Pres Duterte and ordered an intensified focused military operations to destroy the ASG and rescue the remaining victims .

Five ASG including the notorious Muktadil brothers were killed in the latest operations this week in diferrent parts of Sulu.

Several ASG involved in the drug trade were also arrested in Zamboanga City and in Metro Manila by combined AFP-PNP forces.

Former hostages revealed that ASG members were usually high on drugs and were personally seen by them taking Shabu. Reports from line units indicate that drug money is being used by ASG to finance its daily operations in conducting criminal acts, terrorism and anti-Islamic activities.

POC:Col Rodrigo Gregorio / 09175595622 / Released by:Information Support Team, JTF Sulu