Tago, Surigao del Sur, March 22– in close collaboration with the different security forces in the province of Surigao del Sur, Provincial Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield Surigao del Sur (PJTF CV SDS Shield) was formally launched yesterday, March 21, 2020, held at Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office, Camp Vicente Pimentel Sr., Brgy Telaje, Tandag City.

The said task force was organized to oversee and support the implementation of the directives of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID). Its mission is to maintain the peace and order and  enforcement of laws in order to prevent and contain the spread of the COVID-19 by establishing Quarantine Control Points to seal-off the five main entrance/exit points in the province of Surigao del Sur

The said launching was spearheaded by PCol James Goforth, PD, PPO SDS as the designated commander of the task force with Lt Col Jezreel Diagmel, CO of 36IB together with the Philippine Coast Guard SDS, Bureau of Fire Protection SDS and Chief of Police of the different Municipalities/cities in the province of Surigao del Sur.

The activity was also highlighted by the signing of PNP-AFP-PCG-BFP Joint implementing directive Nr. 1-2020 in support of IATF-MEID.

In his statement, Lt Col Jezreel Diagmel, Battalion Commander of 36IB lauded the bold move of the PNP Surigao del Sur for formally activated and organize the Joint Task Force in the province. 

“We in the Philippine Army particularly the 36IB will fully support the implementation of PJTF CV SDS Shield. We will ensure that the peace and order will be fully implemented as we combat this virulent disease,” Diagmel added.

He also urges every Surigaonon to cooperate and bear with the security forces in these trying times. The joint task force has established five (5) main Quarantine Control Points to seal-off the entrance and exit points. Bgry Adlay, Carrascal via Claver, Surigao del Norte, Brgy Payasan, Liaga via Los Arcos, Prosperidad, ADS, Sitio Cutlog, Brgy Bahi, Barobo via San Francisco, ADS,  Brgy San Jose, Bislig City via Trento, ADS and Sitio Lomar, Brgy Sabang, Lingig via Boston, Davao oriental.