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CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City - The Department of National Defense (DND) has approved the activation of the Vice Presidential Security and Protection Group (VPSPG), a dedicated unit that will ensure the safety and security of the Vice President of the Philippines and her family.

In a ceremony held at the AFP General Headquarters on Friday, June 24, AFP Chief of Staff General Andres C Centino led the activation of the VPSPG, which was formerly the Vice Presidential Security Detachment. The Chief of Staff likewise installed Lt. Col. Rene J Giroy PA as the first Group Commander of VPSPG.

“The AFP saw it fitting to provide the Office of the Vice President a dedicated unit that shall ensure the safety and security of the second-highest elected official in the country,” the Chief of Staff said.

“I am confident that the newly-designated VPSPG Commander and the rest of the Officers and Enlisted Personnel entrusted to ensure the safety, security, and welfare of the Vice President and her family shall perform their responsibilities to the best of their abilities,” the Chief of Staff concluded.///

(Photos by TSg Obinque/PAOAFP)