Philippines, Indonesia Enhance Sea Border Patrol; Hold Civic Action Program in GovGen

The portion in GovGen’s seashore where the tree planting was held. Ens Aileen Jansor said this will help the coastal communities as the mangroves will prevent the water from overflowing during rainy days.

GOVERNOR GENEROSO, DAVAO ORIENTAL— As part of the continuing efforts to enhance the Coordinated Patrol (CorPat) of the sea borders of the Philippines and its neighboring country Indonesia, a civic action program was recently held in the coastal village of Tibanban in Governor Generoso town on Friday, July 13.

Spearheaded by the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the said activity was the government’s way of reaching out to the coastal communities who are recognized for their huge role in maintaining peace in the maritime area.

The mangrove planting participated by the coastal communities.

Among the highlight activities held was a mangrove tree planting wherein local communities were involved including the fisherfolk and the reservists from the Philippine Navy. Aside from them, sailors who conduct border patrol along with the Indonesian navy also participated in the mangrove planting said Ens. Aileen Jansor, Public Affairs Officer of the Eastern Mindanao’s Naval Forces.

Other highlight activities include a medical mission as well as a mini-outreach caravan wherein various services were rendered by the national government agencies and local government offices as well as the Philippine Army’s 701st Brigade and 28th Infantry Battalion. 

Services rendered include dental services, legal consultation, local civil registration, counseling, and anti-rabies vaccination. Medicines, corn seeds, cacao seedlings, and assorted vegetable seeds were also distributed during the civic action program.

Moreover, fisher folks undergo engagement forum initiated by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Protecting Borders

An annual activity in accordance with the country’s border crossing agreement with Indonesia since 1975, CorPat PhilIndo was designed to enhance the maritime interoperability of the Philippines and Indonesia in conducting sea patrol at the southern border of Philippines—the Celebes Sea.

Jansor said the first stage of the CorPat PhilIndo was successfully conducted on April, resulting to the rescue of 31 repatriates from Indonesia.

“It was a 20-day border patrol within the border areas of Indonesia and the Philippines using one floating asset of Philippine Navy and one floating asset of Indonesia. So they conducted coordinated patrol and enhanced the maritime interoperability using sea exercises. It was conducted by the Indonesian Navy and the Philippine Navy along with the Philippine Coastguard and the PNP maritime,” she said.

Major Ezra Balagtey, EastMinCom information officer, said that CorPat PhilIndo prevents terrorists and contrabands from entering the country through the Celebes Sea.

“CorPat prevents terrorists from using the Celebes Sea as an entry point here in our country. So far there were no sightings of terrorist but as they go along they will be challenging vessels along the sail route of the two navies. They will also learn how to enhance the conduct of patrol, in the exchange of information as part of preventing criminal activities or threats along this border,” said Balagtey.

Indonesia General Consul Berlian Napitupulu

Indonesia Consul General Berlian Napitupulu, who pushes for the promotion of cultural relationships between the two countries as many Indonesian live in Governor Generoso town, said that CorPat is planned to be conducted four times this year.

“We have many schemes of security affairs. First is this CorPat which grows stronger. Last year it was only conducted once a year but this year we plan to have four. And this one is the second for this year so we will have another two,” Napitupulo said.  By Riza M. Golez

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