EXCLUSIVE: JTF Tawi-Tawi monitors Sitangkai Island to prevent possible COVID-19 transmission from Malaysia, Indonesia

by Ian Irving Bacungan

Photos by Joseph Ceriales

Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi continues to patrol and monitor gateways in Sitangkai Island to prevent the possible transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from neighboring countries Malaysia and Indonesia.

The said troop is part of a seaborne patrol conducted by the 2nd Marine Brigade spearheaded by Col. Arturo G. Rojas (M) (GSC), and Marine Batallion Landing Team-9 Lt. Col. Mark Anthony L. Arabne PN (M), together with the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Navy in the said island.

This is part of the operational guidelines in connection to the enhanced community quarantine to monitor possible external transmission of the disease.

The Sitangkai island is located along the geographical coordinates of 119 degrees 01’ 44” East Longitude and 04 degrees 42’ 49” North Latitude, and sits on the edge o the international treaty lines between the Philippines and Malaysia.

The Municipality of Sitangkai in Tawi-Tawi has a population of 33,334 people, according to the 2015 census.

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