AFP, PNP sign pact on counter terrorism » Manila Bulletin News




By Mike Crismundo 

BUTUAN CITY – In an effort to secure and protect the influx of tourists, both foreign and domestic, field commanders of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) signed the Joint AFP-PNP Action Center (JAPAC) and Counter Terrorism IMPLAN in northeastern-tip city of Surigao recently.

Surigao del Norte and its component city and Siargao Islands are known in terms of tourist destinations and are respected as peaceful areas in northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region).

The Phil. Army & the Philippine National Police signed recently the Joint AFP-PNP Action Center (JAPAC) & Counter Terrorism IMPLAN in Surigao City.
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To ensure that both tourists and Surigaonons are safe and their movements are not impeded, field commanders signed a pact for a joint JAPAC and Counter Terrorism IMPLAN.

The signed pact aims to strengthen the partnership of the AFP and PNP in providing security in the whole province, particularly tourism hubs, Col. Franco Nemecio Gacal, commanding officer of the Army’s 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade yesterday said.

The signing of the partnership was spearheaded by Col. Gacal, Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office (PPO) Director Senior Supt. Anthony Maghari and Lt. Col. Rico Amaro, commanding officer of the Army’s 30th Infantry Battallion (30th IB).

“JAPAC intends to maintain tight security in all vital installations of the province, this city and its neighboring islands,” Col. Gacal said.

On the other hand, Senior Supt. Maghari said the JAPAC is aimed at preparing for any terroristic activities posed by lawless elements in urban areas. He said the Surigao del Norte PPO, provincial and city mobile forces and town’s police stations are considered the front-liners to lead the counter terrorist operations.

JAPAC is moving on a round-the-clock basis, Maghari said.

The JAPAC includes implementing guidelines of the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) created in October 2013 in order to have a collaborative effort between the AFP and PNP.

Meanwhile, Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas and Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas expressed gratitude to the field commanders of the AFP and PNP for their continuing effort in maintaining peace and order in the province and the city.

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