PHILIPPINE and Indonesian naval vessels docked side by side in Davao City in preparation for joint patrols against militants in this July 2017 photo. — BW/LSDAVALJR.
INDONESIA and the Philippines are enhancing their border security cooperation, particularly in areas off the province of Davao Oriental. The agreement came following the recent arrival of the new Indonesian consul general, Dicky Fabrian, in Davao City. Mr. Fabrian met with Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command, to discuss the steps that the two countries would undertake to improve border security cooperation, according to a statement from the military. Among these steps are conducting joint patrol and improving the border crossing stations in two Davao Oriental areas: Balut Island under the town of Sarangani, and Tibanban in Gov. Generoso. Indonesia and the Philippines have a longstanding Border Agreement and their accord clarifying the boundary where their exclusive economic zones overlap, signed in May 2014, is expected to take effect this year. — Carmelito Q. Francisco