Considering all the opportunities that are inherent during large scale events, the Chief, PNP PDG RICARDO C MARQUEZ was clear and simple - to ensure that there will be ‘zero untoward incident’ during the APEC summit just like the visit of Pope Francis last January. The safety and security of around 10,000 delegates from the 21 member-economies of APEC is no joke. Hence, at least 30,000 personnel from various government agencies, spearheaded by the PNP and AFP were mobilized in support to the National Joint Task Force (NJTF) responsible for security coverage of APEC-related meetings that started as early as December of 2014. The Whole of Government Approach was applied; and strategies and security plans were implemented such as APEC Major Event Security Preparation. 

The Police Security and Protection Group’s road to success as the country’s forefront to secure government officials, foreign dignitaries and private individuals whose lives are under constant threat is manifested by the “zero incident” posted during the Philippines hosting of two extra-ordinary international events in 2015, the state and pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines and the series of APEC Summit meetings. This feat is the PSPG’s crowning glory by showcasing its best practices and putting its best foot forward in the preparations and actual events which resulted in the peaceful holding of the activities. The triumphs and gains of the PSPG as the premier unit of the PNP in providing protective and security services is its humble tribute on its Silver Founding Anniversary on March 21, 2016.  

The five-day Pastoral Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis

“Putting our best foot forward”