Police MIMAROPA prepares to take over security operations

Published June 11, 2018, 8:57 AM

by iManila Developer

By Jerry Alcayde

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – The Armed Forces of the Philippines will turn over to the police its role in the anti-insurgency campaign in Mindoro island and other Red-infested provinces in MIMAROPA (Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) region.


Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Luis D. Licup, regional director of Police Regional Office-MIMAROPA said the plan was tackled with officials of the AFP’s 203rd Brigade during the recent Regional Joint Peace and Security Coordinating (RPJSCC) meeting held at PNP regional headquarters at Camp Efigenio Navarro in Calapan.

Police and military officials discussed the mechanics of transferring the internal security operations (ISO) focusing on assessment and evaluation of the PNP Mobile Forces in terms of its personnel, equipment, training and other zone of considerations.

The Brigade was represented by Colonel Antonio Lastimado, Deputy Brigade Commander.

Chief Supt. Licup said they discussed the PRO-MIMAROPA’s capability to respond to the requirements of their job as law enforcers and eventually in the field of internal security.

Licup said that with their new mandate, the police regional office has to keep pace with the advances and rigors of the fight against criminality and now in the campaign against local and international terrorism.

In Oriental Mindoro, Senior Supt. Christopher C. Birung, provincial director of Police Provincial Office (PPO), said their Police Mobile Forces will be assigned to selected areas in the province as pilot areas.

All policemen, particularly the new recruits, are now required to undergo Basic Internal Security Operations Course or BISOC, and joint operations with AFP in community immersion program.

Col. Lastimado said there are four stages of normalization of areas rocked by insurgency namely, active-less active, conflict manageable, suppressed insurgency and stable internal peace and security.

The AFP official said there are still some sightings of the New People’s Army particularly in Palawan where the rebels are reportedly engaged in continuous recruitment as shown in recovered subversive documents.