National Security Policy 2011-2016: Securing the Gains of Democracy


Our quest must not only focus on ensuring stability of the State and the security of our nation. Our ultimate goal must be the safety and well-being of our people.”

Senator Benigno S. Aquino III
Peace and Security Forum, April 22, 2010

The National Security Policy is a statement of principles that should guide national decision-making and determine courses of action to be taken in order to attain the state or condition wherein the national interests, the well-being of our people and institutions, and our sovereignty and territorial integrity are protected and enhanced.

The purpose of the National Security Policy is to identify the strategic priorities to establish the correct balance in the “guns or butter” debate for the allocation of scarce resources; and to establish the prioritization, among others, between external and internal defense.

The National Security Policy lays down the fundamental and comprehensive framework on inter-related issues and concerns that may impinge on national security.  This comprehensive national security policy shall provide general guidelines for revisiting, enhancing, and formulating our related national policies.

The formulation of the National Security Policy is a task that is reposed in the President. As Head-of-State, Head-of-Government, and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the President is primarily responsible for the management of our national security and the decision making attendant thereto.

The National Security Policy focuses on four key elements namely: (1) Governance; (2) Delivery of Basic Services; (3) Economic Reconstruction and Sustainable Development; (4) Security Sector Reform.