SULAWESI, Indonesia (DWDD) – The coordinated border patrol operations between the Philippine Navy and the Republic of the Indonesian Navy dubbed as CORPAT PHILINDO XXXII-18 was formally opened last April 10, 2018 officiated by the Republic of the Philippines-Republic of Indonesia Chairmen, Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr AFP, Commander, Eastern Mindanao Command and Radm Didik Setiyono S.E., M.M. TNI, Commander, Eastern Fleet Command together with Commodore Ramil Roberto B. Enriquez AFP, Commander, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao and Vice Chairman of the Republic of the Philippines Border Committee, Commodore Oscar C Endona Jr. PCG, Commander, Coast Guard District Eastern Mindanao, Commo. Marfinio Y. Tan PN(RES), Commander, Joint Task Reserve Force General Santos City and other delegates of the respective countries followed by a dinner reception at 8th Main Naval Base, Manado, Indonesia.
Other engagements held during the goodwill visit were dinner reception with the Filipino community and the Philippine Consul General Manado along with goodwill games played between the Philippine Navy and Indonesian Navy last April 11 and 12, 2018, respectively.
The coordinated border patrol operations is an annual coordinated border maritime patrol between the Philippines and Indonesia which aims to secure the border areas between the Philippines and Indonesia from any illegal activities and enhance the interoperability as well as foster a harmonious relationship between the two neighboring countries in accordance with the Border Patrol Agreement between the Philippines and Indonesia dated March 1975.
Likewise, this year’s coordinated border operations is conducted in two stages with the first stage encompassing the opening ceremony and conduct of sea exercises and the second stage covering the conduct of humanitarian activities and the closing ceremony of CORPAT PHILINDO XXXII-18 to be held in Davao City on July 2018 hosted by the Eastern Mindanao Command.
The conduct of this year’s CORPAT is expected to continue enhanced the maritime interoperability between the Philippine Navy and the Indonesian Navy and other law enforcement at sea, HADR operations, protection of citizens crossing our borders as well as improve security for business and other commercial interests while fostering harmonious relationship and build linkages with other nations. PAO-NFEM / MCAG