The Civil Relations Service of the Philippine Armed Forces is as professional as it can get. On 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.”
CRSAFP vows to continue working with the people to promote peace and development in conflict areas. It is the primary consideration of the unit in celebrating its 68th Founding Anniversary to involve the stakeholders towards conflict-resilient communities.
Over the years, the CRSAFP manifests its deep commitment to have its aspirations and objectives fulfilled. The continuous efforts of the unit in shaping the information environment have gained positive impact. 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. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine Post, Metro Manila Development Authorities (MMDA), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), REACT Philippines, and National Commission on Muslim-Filipino (NCMF) are among the numerous stakeholders the CRS partners with to promote peace building and development programs for youth and religious leaders.
Likewise, it has built partnerships with private organizations, which share the same vision. It has collaborated with business giants, like ABS-CBN, Philippine Airlines, JCI Manila, to name a few.
Recognizing the need for a more enhanced collaboration, CRSAFP has been an active partner of Task Force Balik-Loob and Australian Defense Force Joint Task Group 629.
Another aspect of CRS’ mandate is to provide accurate information to improve public awareness and understanding the military. It has also helped enhance the unit’s credibility in the field of public affairs.
Some of the notable accomplishments on this area are: Coverage of historic port visit of Philippine Navy Vessel in Vladivoztok, Russia; Conduct of Dialogue and Security Awareness Forum in relation to Road Readiness, Disaster Response; and Defense Preparedness Program of Tarlac University. Also, it facilitated the live interview of former rebels, dedicated radio program to encourage the surrender of NPA, Special Coverage of Lumad Leaders on Sagay Massacre Press Briefing, and guesting of prominent individuals at the AFP Virtual Radio-TV, such as Senator Gregorio Honasan, MILF Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, and former cabinet Secretary Eduardo Ermita.
COMMANDER’S EFFORT TO INVOLVE STAKEHOLDERS TOWARD CONFLICT-RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
A dedicated and hardworking commander of the Civil Relations Service (CRS), Major General Bienvenido R. Datuin, Jr., has consistently engaged various stakeholders in the command’s endeavors through collaboration on challenges of mutual concern.
To ensure meaningful engagement, Datuin has maintained regular communications with the Command’s wide-ranging 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.
His transformational partnership with these stakeholders has assured a complementary and concerted effort that will eventually result in the emergence of sustainable peace and conflict-resilient communities.
COMMITTED PERCEPTION WARRIORS
The men and women of CRS, whom we regard as “Perception Warriors,” are very much aware of its commitment to the Filipino people and to the nation. The perception warrior is always at the 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.
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 to be recognized as an AFP you can trust.
-Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines