PROMOTING PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT: Civil Relation Service (CRS) commander Major General Bienvenido R. Datuin (2nd from left) with National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar with other officials and guests in Camp Aguinaldo. 

The Civil Relations Service (CRS) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vowed to continue working with the people to promote peace and development in conflict areas.

A statement recently released by the Western Command (WESCOM) through the 6th Civil Relations Group (6CRG), quoted Major General Bienvenido R. Datuin, commander of the CRS, in saying this in connection with the March 15, 2019, celebration of their 68th Founding Anniversary.

The anniversary theme was “CRSAFP @ 68: Involving Stakeholders Toward Developing Conflict-Resilient Communities.”

“The CRS of the AFP is as professional as it can get. With its seven decades of existence, the CRS has been instrumental to the past and present successes of the military. The CRS is the AFP unit that engages the populace through its public information and community relations programs to create a favorable atmosphere between the community and the AFP,” Datuin said.

He said in the statement that the CRS manifests its deep commitment to having its aspirations and objectives fulfilled and that the unit’s continuous efforts are toward shaping the information environment to gain impacts that are positive.

One of the highlights of this development is the crafting of multiple Information Support Affairs (ISA) products to include the campaign to support the passing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

Further, the CRS has also played a vital role in fostering and maintaining relations between military forces and civilian authorities such as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine Post, Metro Manila Development Authorities (MMDA), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and the REACT Philippines, the National Commission on Muslim-Filipino (NCMF) among numerous stakeholders.

Likewise, it has built partnerships with private organizations which share the same vision, collaborating with business giants like ABS-CBN, Philippine Airlines, and JCI Manila to name a few

Recognizing the need for a more enhance collaboration, CRSAFP has been an active partner of the Task Force Balik-Loob, and Australian Defense Force Joint Task group 629.

Datuin said another aspect of the CRS mandate is the provision of accurate information to improve public awareness, understanding the military, and help enhance the unit’s credibility in the field of public affairs.

Dalton said the CRS was consistently engaging various stakeholders in the Command’s endeavors through collaboration on challenges of mutual concerns.

To ensure meaningful engagement, Datuin has maintained regular communications with the Command’s wide-range stakeholders. Under his leadership, the CRS has become a proud partner with more organizations that have become its competent associates in promoting peace and addressing national concerns.

He said the transformational partnership with stakeholders has assured a complementary and concerted effort that will eventually result in the emergence of sustainable peace and conflict-resilient communities.

“The men and women of CRS, whom we regard as ‘Perception Warriors’, are very much aware of their commitment to the Filipino people, and to the nation. The perception warrior is always ready, maintaining poise, composure, even at times when the service and the sacrifice are almost forgotten or even relegated to the back-burner when the crisis is solved or when times are peaceful,” he said.

He said “the perception warriors have served and will continue to serve faithfully in good times and bad times, and everything in between. The excellent leadership of CRS has driven the men and women to achieve the highest standards of performance.”

Team CRS’ dedication to selfless service helps the AFP to grow into a modern, equal, and inclusive organization worthy of to be recognized as an AFP you can trust, he added. (Press Release)