A Celebration of Dedication to National Security
Recognizing Silent Guardians and Steadfast Vanguards
During the joint anniversary celebration of the National Security Council (NSC) and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. praised their unwavering dedication to safeguarding the country’s interests and the security of the Filipino people.
He acknowledged their crucial role in ensuring national security for over seven decades, despite often working in the shadows due to the sensitive nature of their jobs.
Silent Heroes Working for National Safety
President Marcos Jr. lauded the NSC and NICA for their brilliant handiwork, courageous grit, and selfless sacrifice in protecting the nation against various threats.
He emphasized that these agencies serve as the silent guardians who shield the country from potential harm, the steadfast vanguards who keep enemies at bay, and the faithful watchers who prevent disorder and chaos.
A Milestone in National Security
The NSC and the NICA are celebrating their 73rd and 74th Founding Anniversary, respectively, marking significant milestones in their history of safeguarding the Philippines.
Addressing Pressing National Concerns
In his address, President Marcos Jr. pointed out pressing national concerns, including threats to territorial integrity and sovereignty, terrorism, local communist insurgency, cybersecurity threats, and the dangers posed by climate change. He stressed the importance of the NSC and NICA in dealing with these challenges.
The Critical Role in Global Development
The President also highlighted the relevance of NICA and NSC in the face of global developments and shifts, as they play a crucial role in ensuring the country remains at the forefront of its national security concerns.
Preparing for the Future
President Marcos Jr. called on the agencies to remain steadfast in their commitment to preparing for the tasks ahead and upholding the nation’s interest, as the country embarks on a new era where national security intertwines with economic and social transformation.
Unity and Progress
The President expressed that the Filipino people continue to rely on the NSC and NICA to lead the country toward unity and collaboration, with everyone working together for the betterment of each Filipino’s life.
The Role of NSC and NICA
The NSC functions as the principal advisory body, taking responsibility for the proper coordination and integration of plans and policies that impact national security.
It is comprised of two distinct bodies: the Council Proper and the NSC Secretariat, both established by virtue of Executive Order No. 330 on July 1, 1950.
The Central Coordinating Agency for National Intelligence
On the other hand, the NICA plays a pivotal role as the central coordinating agency tasked with integrating government activities related to national intelligence. Additionally, it formulates national policies based on intelligence estimates of both local and foreign situations.