Composite team completes maritime security and capability enhancement training in Zamboanga SibugayMarch 2, 2019
Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay – Some 245 selected personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Philippine Coast Guard have completed the 4-day Joint Maritime Security and Capability Enhancement Training in a culmination program held here Saturday, March 2.
“The training is significant for the task group in security operation intervention in the coastal waters of Zamboanga Sibugay to suppress Auxiliary Threat Groups (ATGs) and support in the enforcement of maritime laws to prevent kidnapping, extortion, sea piracy, smuggling, and other forms of violations on local ordinances,” said Col. Bagnus P. Gaerlan, Jr., brigade commander of the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade based in Ipil town, this province, in his speech before the closing program.
The training, he said, is in preparation for the full activation of the Joint Task Group Sibugay Bay.
The joint task group is composed of six cluster sectors within the province to suppress and prevent the proliferation of lawless activities, including kidnapping and piracy in the province. It was created through the initiative of the Mayors’ League of Zamboanga Sibugay, the 102nd IB, the Police Provincial Office (PPO), and the Coast Guard Station-Zamboanga Sibugay.
Ipil Mayor Anamel Olegario had pledged as the president of the provincial mayors’ league to help in keeping the province safe.
The culmination program was held at the headquarters of the Bravo Company of the Army’s 5th Infantry Battalion. (jm)