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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.



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Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

Cellphone: +639178453186


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.

NPA Terrorizes School in Agusan del Sur

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CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Members of the communist terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorized students of the Sta. Cruz Elementary School in Rosario Agusan del Sur after burning a prime mover near the vicinity, Tuesday, February 28.

Reports from the Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade disclosed that the NPAs flagged down and burned the truck at the national road, just 300 meters away from the school.

The prime mover was drawing a container van of bananas from Sumifru Corporation. It came from Tagbina town and was bound for Davao. Its batteries and tires were partially burned.

“Worried parents rushed to the school to fetch their children upon learning of the incident. They condemned the NPA upon seeing their kids trembling in fear. They vowed to report to us the presence of the NPA next time,” reports Colonel Cristobal N Zaragoza, Commander of 401Bde.

Col Zaragoza also suspects that the NPAs deliberately planned to perpetrate the crime near the school to slow down responding government forces.

“This incident only underscores the NPA’s clear disregard for human life. They endanger the lives of innocent civilians, even children just to attain their ends of bleeding money from private companies,” AFP Public Affairs Chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said. “Rest assured that our operations to frustrate the ends of the NPA will continue. And they will be deliberate, focused, surgical, and intelligence driven to ensure the safety of our people, especially children,” Colonel Arevalo concludes.

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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.


ASEAN Armies Combat Shooting Competition Kicks off in Capas, Tarlac

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Capas, Tarlac– The ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) 2016 kicked off after the joint flag raising ceremony of combat shooting contingents from (10) ASEAN countries at the AARM Grandstand in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac at 7:30 a.m., November 21, 2016. The competing contingents are Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunie, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia. After the flag raising ceremony, the army shooters started their controlled practice at the machine gun and pistol ranges. This international combat shooting event will culminate on December 7, 2016.

Commanding General Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Año was the guest of honor and speaker during the ceremony. Gen. Año, was accompanied by the Task Force AARM Commander Brig. Gen.Herminigildo Franciso C. Aquino and members of the Executive Committee. The contingents were led by respective contingent commanders in honoring the flag of the member-state.

During the speech, Gen. Año said that champions are not born but they are made. “To be a champion, one must have the dream and the will”, Gen. Año said.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Aquino who is also the Commander of the Philippine Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), highlighted that this international event will help improve the capabilities of the soldiers as they are exposed in an international shooting match against the best armies in Asia. “Aside from promoting the goodwill and cooperation, the Philippine army soldiers will be able to showcase their marksmanship skills”. Brig. Gen. Aquino said.

The AARM is an annual combat shooting competition of ASEAN armies.

CPT ALBERTO C CABER /Chief, Public Affairs / Email: / Facebook Fan Page: Training and Doctrine Command, Philippine Army / Mobile Number +639176308501

West Philippine Sea frontliners get early Christmas present

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Soldiers tasked to man and protect the 10 islands and features in the Kalayaan Island Group got an early Christmas present when the UP Vanguard Inc., the country’s oldest Reserve Officers Training Corps, formally donated assorted equipment and sports items to the military Monday morning.

The donation was formally handed over to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vice chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda by UP Vanguard Vice National Commander, reservist Brig. Gen. Marcelo Bonifacio Javier.

Handover took place at the AFP Canopy Area in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The donated items consists of one chest freezer, one solar panel, one generator set, two basketballs, a pair badminton racquets, two fishing rods, 10 helmets, 10 rubber gloves, 10 mask, 10 googles, 10 LED bulbs and four Motorola 2-way radios.

Javier said they were able to come up with this donation thanks to their successful fun-run last April 9.

Miranda lauded the efforts by the UP Vanguard community and said that it serves as a good reminder that a lot of Filipinos are well aware of the sacrifices being carried out by military personnel guarding Philippines possessions at the Kalayaan Island Group.

Out of the seven island and three reefs being controlled by the Philippines, Pagasa is the largest measuring 37.2 hectares.

Other Philippine possessions in the Spratlys include Likas Island which measures 18.6 hectares, Parolo Island, 12.7 hectares, Lawak Island 7.93 hectares, Kota Island, 6. 45 hectares, Patag Island, 0.57, Panata Island, 0.44, Rizal, Balagtas and Ayungin Reefs.

The items are scheduled to be delivered by air on December 8, he added

Source: PNA