The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) and the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations -Eastern Mindanao (DIPO-EM) have agreed to further strengthen their cooperation and interoperability in ensuring peace and order in their area of jurisdiction.
The two organizations recently signed two Joint Letter Directives (JLD) during the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center Conference held in Panacan, Davao City.
Signing the JLD were Lt. Gen Felimon T. Santos Jr., commander of Eastmincom, and DIPO-EM Director Police Maj. Gen. Alfredo Valdez.
The first of the two signed AFP-PNP JLD will update the existing coordinating mechanism between the two organizations and aims to synchronize and converge their efforts relative to the peace and security of different communities in Eastern Mindanao, Eastmincom said.
The second JLD delineates the role of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in securing the conduct of the upcoming elections in Eastern Mindanao.
Eastmincom and DIPO-EM have an existing Inter-Agency and Joint Security Plan for Eastern Mindanao which was signed on October 25, 2018.
Santos said the JLD will institutionalize the collaboration and convergence of AFP and PNP in Eastern Mindanao.
“The collaboration and interoperability of the two organizations are important in order to optimize the government security capability in carrying out the primary mandate of securing the people. With the institutionalization of the ‘Whole of Nation Approach,’ the two organizations can complement each other and other agencies in their respective function,” he said.