Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Republic of the Philippines - Republic of Indonesia to Strengthen Cooperation on Border Security

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - The 38th Republic of the Philippines – Republic of Indonesia Border Committee Chairmen’s Conference, hosted by the Philippine Government through the Eastern Mindanao Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines was held at Grand Ballroom, Waterfront Insular Hotel, Lanang, Davao City on November 19, 2019 and expected to culminate on November 21, 2019.

The activity aims to strengthen the diplomatic relations of the two countries relative to the border crossing.

It seeks to review and strengthen the existing measures to ensure the safe passage of the respective nationals of both countries, to include the protection of fisher folks in the border areas en route to the fishing grounds at high seas.

Both Committees deliberated on matters of common concern and interest to both countries.

They agreed to continuously intensify the conduct of Coordinated Patrol operations that will seek to ensure security and maritime control in both countries' common borders.

Considering the porous shorelines of the archipelagic domains, both Committees also looked into the continuous operationalization of the Border Crossing Stations (BCS) situated at common border areas in order to provide a systematic scheme in closely monitoring the entry and exit of the nationals of both countries.

It is also the intent of both Committees to jumpstart the review of the 1975 Border Patrol and Border Crossing Agreements that will seek to recommend amendments of its provisions to be attuned to the prevailing situation in maritime security and terrorism in both countries.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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