CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) signed a Joint Letter Directive creating the Joint AFP-PNP Civil Relations Committee (JAPCRC) at the AFP General Headquarters, Friday, April 7.
“The JAPCRC shall coordinate and synchronize AFP Civil-Military Operations (CMO) and PNP Community Relations (PCR) to better implement our peace and development programs particularly in conflict-affected communities,” Colonel Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Chief said.
Major General Melquiades L Feliciano, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for CMO and Police Chief Superintendent Noel G Constantino, Acting Director for PCR signed the letter directive with key officials from the AFP and PNP in attendance.
The JAPCRC was patterned on the existing Joint AFP-PNP Intelligence Committee (JAPIC) and will support the proposed Revised National Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) Organization.
“This serves as a venue for us to strengthen mechanisms for the integration and collaboration of our efforts for joint civil relations operations; with the end view of realizing the Filipino’s aspirations for peace, security, stability, and progress,” PCSupt Constantino said.
The JAPCRC aims to ensure efficient, responsive and coordinated civil relations efforts in support of national security and development objectives. It will also recommend areas where the AFP or the PNP shall take the lead or support role in the conduct of joint civil relations activities.
Another function of the JAPCRC is to coordinate civil relations aspect of all AFP-PNP law enforcement, internal security, and counterterrorism efforts. The functions will be replicated at the area, regional, and provincial levels.
Among the activities to be conducted under the joint effort are strategic crisis communications; creation of joint quick response teams during emergencies; conduct of joint training activities, medical, dental, veterinary, and engineering civic action projects; and joint humanitarian civic assistance.
“Public support and good community relations are crucial to the successful performance of military and police functions. Both the AFP and the PNP acknowledge this and have long sought the support and assistance of the civilian populace in the performance of their different but interrelated mandates,” Colonel Arevalo said.
“It is imperative that the AFP and PNP work closely and support each other in addressing all threats to national peace and security and at the same time, it is necessary for both organizations to maintain their legitimacy among the people they serve,” General Eduardo Año, AFP Chief of Staff said
Through the creation of the JAPCRC, we hope to further establish a stronger and more active relationship with our people and stakeholders in building a better and peaceful nation,” General Año concludes.