Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Website (Jun 17, 2019): RP-RI to Enhance Border Security
NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command and Honorable Dicky Fabrian the new Consul General of Indonesia in Davao City agreed to continuously enhance the border security of the two countries along the Celebes Sea to prevent terrorism, sea and maritime crimes to transpire in the said area.
This was briefly discussed during the courtesy call of Consul General Fabrian to Lt. Gen. Santos Jr., at Headquarters, Eastern Mindanao Command, Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City on June 17, 2019.
The two leaders initially discussed the possible improvement of the Border Crossing Stations situated in Balut, Saranggani, Davao Occidental and Tibanban, Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental as part of the measure of strengthening border security,
They further talked on the ways and possibilities of enhancing the regular conduct of coordinated patrols between the two countries in the border as stated in the 1975 RP-RI Border Agreement.
It can be recalled that the two Countries increased the frequency of the conduct of coordinated patrol for this year from two legs to four legs wherein the 10-day first leg was conducted from May 1-10, 2019, while the second leg is expected to kick off on the second week of July 2019.
Likewise, during the call, Consul General Fabrian extends and opens his invitation to soldiers who are interested to learn Bahasa language and to the Indo Trade, Tourism and Food Expo in Davao City on July 12-14, 2019, Lt. Gen Santos in return expressed his support to the different activities of the Consulate in Eastern Mindanao.
"Rest assure of the support of Eastern Mindanao Command not only in securing our common border but also in all socio-economic activities of your consulate and Indonesian Government benefitting the Indo Nationals in Eastern Mindanao and those that will strengthen the bilateral relation of our countries." Lt. Gen Santos said.
Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command