Manila Bulletin

AFP activates joint task groups to boost Palawan security


The Armed Forces of the Philippine­s’ Western Command (AFP-WESCOM) strengthen­ed its security forces in the province of Palawan with the activation of Joint Task Group Puerto Princesa (JTGPP) over the weekend.

Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez, commander of the AFP-WESCOM, said the JTGPP will work under the operationa­l control of Joint Task Force Peacock, which is WESCOM’s ground component in its joint area of operations.

“[The] JTGPP is in charge of the conduct of internal peace and security operations in Puerto Princesa City, complement­ing the security efforts of Joint Task Groups North and South, thereby covering the entire province of Palawan,” Briguez said during the activation rites last Saturday at the headquarte­rs of the 3rd Marine Brigade in Barangay Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa.

Briguez said the JTGPP will be under the tutelage of a newly-designated commander, Lt. Col. Dante Robert Grasparil.

The JTGPP is mandated to conduct urban security operations and shall support different law enforcemen­t agencies within Puerto Princesa City, Briguez stated.

Among the duties of the JTGPP include the conduct of mobile and foot patrols in commercial centers, people’s point of convergenc­e and other vital installati­ons and facilities in the city; the provision of security coverage to the airport, seaport, wharfs and other point of entry thru waterways; and the conduct of random riverine checkpoint­s and security patrols to deny entry of lawless elements.

Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, who was the guest of honor, expressed gratitude to the military with its support to the island province through security provision.

“The city of Puerto Princesa is grate- ful for the activation of the Joint Task Group Puerto Princesa because of the security it will provide to our constitu- ents. It gives us the assurance that the city is safe for all local residents and tourists,” he said.

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