EO 265: Creating the OSETC for a Stronger Campaign Against Transnational Organized Crime
On January 23, 2004, President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo issued Executive Order No.265 (Defining the Approach and Institutional Mechanism for the Government’s Comprehensive Program on Combating Transnational Organized Crime as another major step in the country’s continuing campaign against borderless crime.
EO 265 established the Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime (OSETC) as “an oversight body to provide the critical link between and among local, national, regional and international agencies and organizations in forging agreements, concretizing cooperation and harmonizing action.”
Heading the OSETC is retired Colonel Bruce S Concepcion, who was designated by the President as Special Envoy on Transnational Crime (SETC) with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
As embodied in EO 265, the SETC is mandated to set policy directions and program design standards and advise the President on all matters regarding transnational crime. Likewise, he shall represent the Philippine government in regional and international fora on transnational crime and serve as a focal point for coordinating, integrating and evaluating the efforts of law enforcement and other government agencies involved in the campaign against transnational crime.