TO further enhance interoperability during internal and external security operations, a tripartite mechanism was formalized today among the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
“Our presence today is a manifestation of our collective desire to enhance the level of our system of interoperability, coordination and cooperation which is the key to success in the war on terrorism and insurgency,” PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said in his remarks during the ceremonial signing of the joint accord in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
The tripartite mechanism was officially adapted by the three agencies through Resolution No. 11-2021 which included the PCG in the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC).
The Chief of Staff, AFP and the Chief, PNP, as co-chairs of the National JPSCC resolved to include the PCG among member-agencies of the JPSCC, and subsequently designated the Commandant, PCG to be one of its co-chairs.
“We take pride in welcoming, officially, the Philippine Coast Guard in the JPSCC family. The documents that we just signed are products of painstaking work that harnessed the positive ideas and modest contribution of our respective agencies aimed at ensuring a more effective campaign against terrorism and insurgency considering the emerging trends wherein adversaries have already established strengthened links with Islamist terrorist organizations raising the density of the threat environment and risk to the community,” Eleazar said.
For his part, AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana said that with the inclusion of the Philippine Coast Guard in the JPSCC, “we look forward to future collaborative efforts among agency members in terms of maritime safety and security, maritime law enforcement and the protection of the country’s marine environment.”
This development, he added, is consistent with the government’s “whole-of-nation” approach towards peace and security; engaging the PNP, AFP, and PCG to work together in keeping the country safe and secure.
As a new JPSCC member agency, the PCG will play a vital role in forming various concepts of operations that will address the country’s complex and evolving maritime threats.
“The present challenges offer a great opportunity for us to enhance our coordination and interoperability. This has been a journey built from the ground by men in uniform service who selflessly serve for years and further stimulated and sustained at the policy side. For the PCG team, we are so fortunate today that we are here to solidify the PCG as the third arm service in our lifetime,” PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. said.
The three agency heads also signed JPSCC Letter Directive No. 03-2021 which called for the reorganization of the JPSCC.
In the revised structure, the National JPSCC will now be headed by the PNP Chief, AFP Chief, and PCG Commandant while PNP Directors for Integrated Police Operation, AFP Unified Commanders, and PCG Area Commanders will exercise supervision over the Regional and Provincial JPSCCs.
The accord also stipulates that cooperation and coordination among the AFP, PNP, and PCG complemented by collaboration and consultation with all stakeholders shall be the guiding principle in addressing peace and security concerns.
“Despite differences in our respective uniforms and in the scopes of our respective work and mandates we are all bound together by our common oath to serve and protect the Filipino people and our country as well as safeguard the national interest. But most importantly, we all have the same faith and hope for humanity. That is, perhaps the most fundamental reason why we need to foster and strengthen our cooperation and collaboration… To Promote the Common Good,” Eleazar emphasized.