About the Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense, Development, and Security

On 18 September 2017, the Department of National Defense (DND) granted the establishment of the Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense, Development, and Security (PCEDS) through Department Order No. 404 . Housed within the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), the Center is mandated to address strategic change and security priorities of the country, as well as regional and global security challenges through policy-relevant research. It is also tasked to facilitate cooperation and coordination of various government agencies and international organizations on defense and security matters.

This year, PCEDS vows to generate and promote new knowledge on the thematic areas of Gender Dimension of Security, Philippine Seapower, and Cybersecurity. This commitment shall be attained through the Center’s top priority: the National Defense and Security Extension Program that entails training programs; technical assistance and advisory services; communication and information services; community outreach activities; and technology transfer and utilization.

With its growing reputation in the defense and security sector, PCEDS is geared towards developing its internal capabilities further as the primary unit for the extension service program of the NDCP.