Bancasi, Butuan City – Police Regional Office 13 (PRO13) in partnership with the 4th Infantry Division (4ID), Philippine Army, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) established the Inter Agency Task Force-Corona Virus Caraga Shield during the Coordinating Conference of the Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease today, March 17, 2020 at PRO13 Grandstand, Camp Rafael Rodriguez, Brgy Libertad, Butuan City.

The coordinating conference initiated by PRO13 led by Police Brigadier General Jose T Esquivel Jr, the Regional Director, with Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Brigade representing 4ID, PA, LTJG Jesmar C Dasas, PCG Station Commander and FSSUPT Rommel C Tradio, Regional Director of BFP Caraga aims to maintain peace and order, enforce laws and support other agencies in order to prevent and/or contain the spread of COVID-19 in Caraga region.

The said conference with PRO13 as the lead agency highlighted the signing of the Joint AFP-PNP-PCG-BFP Implementation Plan to formally activate the IATF-CV Caraga Shield.

Likewise, an open forum was also conducted to ensure the interoperability mechanism and clarify other issues and concerns among and between said agencies for the implementation of the task force to prevent and manage the entry of people who might be infected of the Corona Virus in Caraga region.

In his statement, PBGEN ESQUIVEL JR stressed the Whole of Nation Approach in addressing the Corona Virus disease. “The IATF-CV Caraga Shield is fully activated and basically, it is about border control to prevent entry of Corona Virus carriers in the region”.

Meanwhile, BGEN LICUDINE expressed his gratitude to the initiative of the PRO13. Speaking on behalf of the AFP units in Caraga, he committed the military’s support providing manpower and logistical resources to the IATF-CV Caraga Shield.

“The AFP will be in a support role to the PNP. While the Task Force is fully activated, AFP units in Caraga are still on standby mode awaiting guidance and directives guided by the provisions of the IATF Caraga. We call on Caraganons to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID. Stay Home and Save Lives”, BGEN Licudine added.

The Task Force CV Caraga Shield is composed of TG Land, TG Water and TG AIR.