CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Specialized land, air and sea forces are all set to support all tasked units and delegates of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit 2017, Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Chief said Sunday, 12 November 2017.
“The AFP through the Joint Task Force National Capital Region (JTF NCR) has deployed the best among its forces to work with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other government agencies concerned in ensuring the safe and secured conduct of the ASEAN Meetings in the Philippines,” Colonel Arevalo said.
Five (5) Joint Task Groups were deployed to perform security and emergency response operations to support the concerned government agencies during the summit from 10 to 14 November 2017. The deployment is part of the Task Force’s Oplan ASEAN Leaders’ Summit (ALS).
Under Oplan ALS, JTF NCR provides augmentation forces to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and Presidential Security Group (PSG). It also provided Emergency Response Units such as Search, Rescue, and Retrieval Units (SRR) and Ambu-Medic Units to provide rescue and health support to delegates and all deployed forces.
“The AFP has long been planning and preparing for contingency measures to address any worse case scenarios during the ASEAN Meetings. This is in line with our task of providing security coverage for the venues as well as the safety of the people and all our visitors,” Colonel Arevalo said.
As the Metro Sentinel of the National Seat of Government, the JTF NCR is leading the security unit of the AFP in working closely with concerned agencies. This is to ensure the safety of the participants and the peaceful conduct of the 31st ASEAN Leader’s Summit and Related Meetings.
The JTF NCR is currently led by its Commander, Brigadier General Jesus Manangquil Jr.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines is all set in securing a peaceful and secured ASEAN Summit 2017 by providing our best forces and conducting measures to support the lead government agencies. We have extended this to monitoring and addressing threats from the New People’s Army, as well as of petty criminals,” General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, AFP Chief of Staff said.