Bor­der se­cu­rity group cre­ated

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gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­volved in mar­itime se­cu­rity pa­trol in Davao re­gion signed a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment (MOA) yes­ter­day at East­ern Min­danao Com­mand Head­quar­ters, Naval Sta­tion Felix Apoli­nario in Panacan, Davao City to for­mal­ize the cre­ation of Bor­der Se­cu­rity Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil.

Ac­cord­ing to East­min­com Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer (PIO) Ma­jor Ezra Balagte, there were 20 coun­cil mem­bers who are in­volved in se­cur­ing the bor­der. The move aims to syn­er­gize ef­forts in ad­dress­ing thrats of ter­ror­ism, il­le­gal drugs, hu­man traf­fick­ing, smug­gling, piracy and rob­bery in coastal ar­eas of Davao re­gion.

Mem­ber agen­cies will join ef­forts and re­sources for a more ef­fi­cient se­cu­rity re­sponse, con­duct fo­cus and com­ple­ment­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and a more re­spon­sive ac­tion to­ward press­ing

prob­lems con­fronting the bor­ders of the re­gion.

Dur­ing the MOA sign­ing, the coun­cil was bro­ken into sub-groups namely Sea Group, Land Group, Air Group, In­tel­li­gence Group and In­te­grated Sea, Land and Air Group.

East­min­com com­man­der Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Rey Leonardo Guer­rero was voted as the over­all chair­per­son of the coun­cil, Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO 11) re­gional Di­rec­tor Po­lice Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Manuel Gaer­lan as vice chair for land while the di­rec­tor of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Co­or­di­nat­ing Agency (NICA 11) as vice chair for in­tel­li­gence.

The com­man­der of the Naval Force of East­ern Min­danao NFEM was voted as the vice chair for sea while for Re­gional Di­rec­tor of Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity of the Philip­pines (CAAP) is the vice chair for air.

The di­rec­tor of the De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) was des­ig­nated for the in­te­grated sea, air and land and Colonel Gabriel C. Vi­ray III of East­min­com was se­lected as the head sec­re­tariat.

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