Date: February 16, 2017

Posted by: ajsJaucian


The Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime (OSETC) represented by PCSUPT VIRGIL F BOMBITA (RET), Deputy Special Envoy and Ms. Alyanna Joy S Jaucian, Desk Officer, attended the meeting at 4F, ES Gallery, Mabini Hall, Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2017 in preparation for the Maritime Senior Leader’s Summit. It was participated in by the following government agency-representatives, to wit:


a.     National Coast Watch Council (NCWC);


b.     Department of Health (DOH);


c.      Philippine Port Authority (PPA);


d.      National Bureau of Investigation (NBI);


e.      National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA);


f.       Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA);


g.      National Security Council (NSC);


h.     Bureau of Immigration (BI);


i.       Philippine National Police- Maritime Group (PNP-MG);


j.       Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC);


k.      Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA);


l.       Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); and


m.    Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime (OSETC)


The purpose of the meeting was to prepare for the Maritime Security Summit to be held tentatively this May or June 2017. It was discussed during the meeting the objectives of the upcoming summit, are as follows:

  •  Provide national security leadership- a venue to discuss strategic and operational issues affecting maritime security;
  • Obtain highest level of commitment and guidance to address identified issues requiring immediate resolution; and
  •  Identify future areas of cooperation with INTERPOL

To address these issues, certain recommendations were made relative to the issues presented from the concluded maritime security training sessions. DFA suggested that Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) be included in the list of the bureaus & agencies to be invited in the Maritime Security Summit as security dimension includes the state’s economy.

The body proposed to have another TWG meeting on March 16-17 in lieu of the March 9-10 which is supposedly the schedule of the Summit. However, it was not finally decided since the matter should be brought first before the INTERPOL for funding requirements.

Moreover, the body was reminded that for continuity purposes, office representatives present in the meeting must still be the same person/s who will attend in the succeeding preparatory undertakings.  Considering the significance of intelligence on maritime security, OSETC then recommended the inclusion of representatives from the intelligence units of both PNP and the AFP in the TWG.