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Joint peace, security center in Eastern Mindanao activated

The National Police and the Armed Forces signed on Wednesday a joint letter directive that formed the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) in Eastern Mindanao.

The joint letter directive was signed by the National Police Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Mindanao (Dipo-EM) and the Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command.

Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, National Police Public Information Office chief, said the JPSCC would combine and formalize the efforts of the two armed services in the areas of peace and security, disaster mitigation and other emergencies in Eastern Mindanao.

Among others, the JPSCC would facilitate the “enhancement of capability and inter-operability of military and police units,” Sindac said.

He said the JPSCC would also oversee the peace and security operations in Eastern Mindanao and help ensure “local stakeholders attain a safer place to live, work and do business.”

Sindac said the JPSCC would also “institutionalize the entry strategy for the police in the normalization process to support local governments as the latter leads the peace and development effort when the military shifts to the external defense posture.”

In addition, Sindac said the joint effort should “address the increasing trend of New People’s Army attacks against civilians and civilian companies implementing government projects.”

He said the area coordinating center would also enhance mechanisms in building up and filing of cases against the rebels who attack civilians, economic investments and other government projects in Eastern Mindanao.

“JPSCC requires combined efforts of the military and the police in security operations against all threat groups within Eastern Mindanao in support to local governments and government agencies that are in need of military and police assistance,” Sindac said.

Aside from the NPA, Eastern Mindanao also hosts the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

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