From the Visayan Daily Star (Jul 8): Visayan Sea security up
The Visayan Sea Safety and Security Inter-Agency Task Force has been established to prevent the spread of terrorism and related activities in central Philippines.
Representatives of various security and government agencies signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding formally creating the inter-agency task force in Cebu.
Among the signatories were Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao, commanding general of the AFP Central Command, and Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3rd Infantry Division commander, who supervises security operations in Negros Island Region, Western and Central Visayas.
The signing of the MOU aims to strengthen security measures in the Visayan region, in collaboration with often government agencies.
The MOU serves as a framework for engaging various agencies of the government in the preemptive campaign against terrorists and other criminal elements from traversing to Visayas provinces, and to deputize the AFP to provide logistical and manpower support to the civilian components of the task force, including the Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, as well as the Maritime Industry Authority, Lactao said.
Lactao has been designated as chairperson of the security task force.
The Army's 3rd Infantry Division also organized task forces in Bohol, Negros,Panay.
The Task Force Buglas in Negros Occidental recently created the task groups to monitor closely the entry points of the province.
On Tuesday, Aying also visited the island-province of Siquijor,in preparation for the creation of a task force that will secure the area from lawless groups.