Presidential Security Group
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|Presidential Security Group|
Coat of Arms of the PSG
|Active||March 6, 1897 - Present|
|Role||VIP Security, Presidential Protection Service|
|Size||1 Brigade/Regiment, 3 Battalions. Total is 4000+ soldiers, police, coast guard and civilian personnel|
|Part of||Under the Office of the President|
|Garrison/HQ||Malacañang Palace, Manila|
|Nickname||The President's Guards,PSG, Presidential Guards, Filipino Secret Service|
|Motto||Integrity, Service, Excellence|
|Decorations||Presidential Streamer Award, Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge|
|Capt Raul Ubando (GSC) PN|
|Maj Geronimo Gatmaitan PA,LGen Jose Calimlim AFP, BGen Delfin Bangit AFP,Col Rodolfo Diaz PA, Col Hermogenes Esperon Jr. PA, Col Glen Rabonza PA, Col Voltaire T. Gazmin PA|
|Unit Patch||PSG Badge|
The Presidential Security Group (PSG) is the lead agency tasked in providing security to the President of the Philippines, Vice President of the Philippines, and their immediate families. The PSG is stationed at the Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the President. Members of the PSG also accompanies the President when he visits different parts of the Philippines and overseas.
Even through the present day PSG was established in 1987, the protection of the Philippine President and his first family has been always the duty of the Armed Forces of the Philippines since 1897, when a guard unit was raised to protect the first President, Emilio Aguinaldo, from attempts on his life, and another was raised for the defense of the Supremo Andres Bonifacio, as a result of the decisions of the Naic Conference. In 1898, a presidential cavalry squadron was raised for the protection of the President and the First Family, reinforced with a guards infantry company. Like today's PSG, they wore rayadillo uniforms, but with a straw hat. Major Geronimo Gatmaitan was the unit commander.
1936 saw the raising of the 1st Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army, with the duty of defending the President, the First Family, and the Malacañang Palace complex. They were joined by a guards company in 1938 to reinforce the security of the President.
The role of the PSG is to provide protective security to the following:
- The President and Vice President of the Philippines and their immediate families.
- Former presidents and their immediate families.
- Former vice presidents and their immediate families.
- Malacañang Palace.
- Cabinet members and Malacañang officials
- Visiting heads of states or diplomats and their families travelling with them.
The Presidential Security Group also have other functions. The PSG provides support to other government agencies. They assist the AFP and PNP in its anti-organized-crime undertakings. This is usually authorized by the Office of the President. They also conduct Community Service efforts to local communities and maintain and secure all facilities and transportation assets used by the Office of the President and Vice President in doing its regular and non-regular functions.
- Presidential Escorts
- Presidential Guards
- Headquarters & Headquarters Service Battalion
- Security Battalion
- Special Reaction Unit / K9 Unit
- PSG Station Hospital
- PSG Dental Dispensary
- Presidential Intelligence Company
- PSG Training School
OPERATIONALLY CONTROLLED UNITS
- 11th Mechanized Infantry Company
- Presidential Protection Unit
- Manila Police District Field Force
- Special Action Force
- 250th Presidential Airlift Wing
- Malacañang Fire Station
- 93rd Marine Security Company
- AT-25 BRP Ang Pagasa
- CGS Pasig
- 1st Provisional Company
- Presidential Computer and Communication Battalion
- 710th Special Operations Wing
- 5th EOD Detachment..