Security in Davao Region Philippines

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) inked Thursday here renewal of their commitment to stronger coordination in the internal security operation (ISO) efforts in the Davao Region.

In the MOA signing at Task Force Davao headquarters Thursday, Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division chief Major General Jogy Leo Fojas and Regional Police Director Andres Caro agreed to enhance their coordination in the fight against insurgency and terrorism in the region.

Fojas said the MOA aims to strengthen the coordination of the police and military to lessen or stop rebel attacks in PNP stations.

“Finally, we have come into a common ground. The MOA is an emblem of our joint effort in internal security operations,” Fojas said.

The MOA signing was witnessed by all police provincial and city directors, Army brigade commanders and the media.

The MOA is in line with Executive Order No. 546 on July 4, 2006 wherein the PNP was directed to undertake an active support role to the AFP in ISO for the suppression of insurgency and other serious threats to national security.

It provides specific tasks, clear systems, procedures and ground rules in addition to the provisions of the Joint Implementing Rules and Regulations of EO 546 governing the conduct of ISO including all stakeholders involved.

The AFP will head the conduct of ISO in rural areas in coordination with the nearest tactical unit of the AFP.

Combat or ISO-related operations of the AFP within the urban areas shall also be coordinated with the PNP official who has jurisdiction over the area.

The AFP will also provide the equipment for the Joint AFP-PNP Communication and Information Task Group (JAPCITG). They will also provide air, maritime and other assets of the AFP in the conduct of air support, naval interdiction and other operational requirements when the need arises.

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