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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday have signed a tripartite memorandum of agreement (MoA) aiming to strengthen collaborative maritime security efforts in the West Philippine Sea.

The signing ceremony was led by the AFP Chief of Staff, General Cirilito Sobejana and PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar in Camp Aguinaldo and by PCG Commandant, Coast Guard Admiral George Ursabia Jr.who joined the ceremony virtually. Photo from PNP FB page
The signing ceremony was led by the AFP Chief of Staff, General Cirilito Sobejana and PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar in Camp Aguinaldo and by PCG Commandant, Coast Guard Admiral George Ursabia Jr.who joined the ceremony virtually. Photo from PNP FB page

Under the agreement signed by AFP chief of staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar and PCG commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr., the three agencies were expected to share Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) in walks of joint operations, joint intelligence, joint logistics, joint community relations, joint investigation and joint training and education with its armed units in land, sea and air assets and personnel nationwide.

"They say the triangle is the strongest shape in nature. In fact, it is the favorite among architects because it is capable of holding a shape, having a strong base providing strengthened support for all over providing stability and balance," said Sobejana as he headed the signing of the agreement in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

"For this reason, I am delighted and accorded with this opportunity to create a tripartite collaborative mechanism between the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Coast Guard to a joint peace and coordinating center, the AFP and PNP and PCG as I see, have been vigorous in executing its mandate since its inception," he added.

Eleazar also expressed support for the signing of MoA and as he set the PNP's commitment with AFP and PCG.

"All of those who are instrumental in the implementation of this, to our workforce, I would like to commend you for your effort in making us included in this job. So, on behalf of the PNP, we welcome our brothers from the Philippine Coast Guard, and we are continuously committing our full support to both the AFP and the PCG and rest assured the leadership of the PNP in the future will always be part of the collaboration we have started today," he said.

Ursabia also echoed Eleazar and Sobejana's commitment towards the signed MoA and expressed his gratitude for the working group who were behind its implementation.

"This is a dynamic effort of shared love in the country that led people and the technical working group to the table. I commend the hard work and the dedication of the AFP in coming up with the JPSCC resolution 11-2021 and JPSCC letter directive 03-2021," he said.

"We take good care of this effort and ensure this should be appropriately appreciated. We are so fortunate today we are here to solidify the PCG. This is a dream come true," Ursabia added.