By Francis T. Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) signed on Friday (April 7) a Joint Letter Directive creating the Joint AFP-PNP Civil Relations Committee (JAPCRC) at the AFP General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo, said the JAPCRC shall coordinate and synchronize AFP Civil-Military Operations (CMO) and PNP Community Relations (PCR) to better implement the peace and development programs particularly in conflict-affected communities.
Major General Melquiades L. Feliciano, the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for CMO and Police Chief Superintendent Noel Constantino, the 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,” 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.