The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) and the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations recently signed two Joint Letter Directive (JLD) aiming to optimize the government security capability in carrying out the primary mandate of securing the people.
The directive, which was signed by Eastmincom commander Lt. Gen Felimon T. Santos Jr and DIPO-EM Director Police MGen Alfredo Valdez during the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center Conference on April 12, 2019 at Naval Station Felix Apolinario Panacan in Davao City, will continue to strengthen the cooperation and interoperability of both organizations in the fields of Law Enforcement and Internal Security Operations in Eastern Mindanao.
The first of the two signed AFP-PNP JLD updates the existing coordinating mechanism between the two organizations and aims to synchronize and converge efforts relative to the peace and security of different communities in eastern Mindanao while the second delineates the role of AFP and PNP in securing the conduct of the upcoming election in Eastern Mindanao.
It can be recalled that Eastmincom and DIPO-EM has a standing inter-agency and Joint Security Plan for Eastern Mindanao, which was signed on October 25, 2018.
Santos emphasized the JLD that institutionalize the collaboration and convergence of AFP and PNP in eastern Mindanao. He said the collaboration and interoperability of the two organizations are important with the institutionalization of the “Whole of Nation Approach”. He added that the two organizations can complement with each other and other agencies in their respective function.
The meeting was also in line with the continuous enhancement of the inter- operability and eastern Mindanao joint security assessment of the two agencies as major stakeholders of peace and security in eastern Mindanao.