The Office of the Secretariat for Joint Peace Security Coordinating Council (JPSCC) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was officially activated on Monday at Camp Aguinaldo to closely work with the Philippine National Police and Philippine Coast Guard on peace and order issues.

The unit, headed by Brig. Gen. Alex Rillera, the military’s assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, will perform secretariat functions for the chief of staff of the AFP, who co-chairs the joint coordinating council, along with the chief of the PNP and commandant of the PCG.

“With the activation of the Office of the Secretariat for Joint Peace Security Coordinating Council which now includes the Philippine Coast Guard commandant as co-chairperson, we believe that it would result in strong coordination among the law enforcement agencies to continue reducing the crime rate in the country and eventually make our kababayan further feel security and safety in their homes, on the streets and in the community,” PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar said.

He noted that the military has been the police’s partner in its sustained law enforcement operations around the country, including the anti-illegal drug raids, which yielded the recovery of billions worth of shabu.

In July, the three government agencies inked a tripartite mechanism to enhance their interoperability in responding to internal and external threats.

Under the agreement, cooperation and coordination among the AFP, PNP and PCG, as well as consultations with all stakeholders, would be the guiding principle in addressing peace and security concerns in the country.

“We welcome the activation of this unit as an effort to further strengthen relations and collaboration among the PNP, the AFP and the PCG in keeping the country secure against lawless elements, terrorists and other threats to peace in our communities,” Eleazar said. 

“With this move, we in the PNP are looking forward to more successful security operations in the future,” he added.

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