The Presidential Security Group (PSG), is a Philippine close protection agency. It is the primary agency concerned with providing close-in security and escort to the President and the Vice President of the Philippines, their immediate families, former Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Philippines as well as visiting heads of state. The PSG is stationed at Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the president. Members of the PSG also accompany the president on both domestic and overseas trips.
The role of the PSG is tasked with: Providing security to the president and their immediate family; the vice president and their immediate family; the president-elect and their immediate family; the vice president-elect and their immediate family; former presidents and their immediate families; former vice presidents and their immediate families; visiting heads of states or diplomats and Cabinet members and their families traveling with them; providing escort security for them at all times; securing the president and vice president’s residences, offices and places of engagements; surveillance and monitoring activities; and performing state protocol duties including honor guard duties. The Presidential Security Group also has other functions, such as providing support to other government agencies. They assist the AFP and PNP in their anti-organized-crime undertakings, usually authorized by the Office of the President. They also conduct community service efforts in local communities and maintain and secure all facilities and transportation assets used by the offices of the president and vice president in doing their regular and non-regular functions.
The mission of the Presidential Security Group is to protect the President of the Republic of the Philippines and his / her immediate family, visiting Heads of State / Government and other dignitaries as the President may direct. A PSG Trooper’s daily duty is composed of diverse engagements for the President, the First Family, and other dignitaries. Aside from the security aspect, taking charge of the Seat of Government that is, one of the responsibilities of the Presidential Guards (PG) is to conduct and participate in significant activities happening within and outside the Malacañang Palace Complex. The goal is to strengthen as well as develop good relationships and rapport with the civilian populace.
Interestingly, PSG posted recently on their Official Facebook Page about their Hiring for Special Enlistment in the Philippine Navy and Philippine Army. The Presidential Security Group is now Hiring for Special Enlistment with the following Skills:
For Philippine Navy Quota
- Certified Driver (CD)
- Musicians Mate (MU)
- Cyber Defense Specialist (CY)
- Photographer (PH)
- Journalist (JO)
For Philippine Army Quota
- AirCon Technician
- Information Technology Specialist
- IT Graduate or other Related Courses
- Radiological Technologist
- Laboratory Technician
- Medical Technologist
- Nursing Attendant
Here are the Initial Requirements Needed in order to apply as PSG Troopers:
- 3×5 colored picture (Whole Body)
- Personal History Statement (Original 2×2 picture)
- PSA copy of Birth Certificate (Original with OR)
- Copy of Form 138 / Transcript of Records
- Copy of High School/College Diploma/TESDA Certificate
- Medical/Physical Examination Result
- Clearances (Barangay, Police, Mayor, NBI, RTC)
- Other Certificates, if any
- Height requirement (Minimum of 5’8 for Male and at least 5’3 for Female Philippine Army Applicants)
How to apply
Interested applicants for special enlistment who meet the aforementioned skills and initial requirements may submit to this HQ (Attn: G1) NLT 10 November 2022 said requirements placed in a long folder. Applicants may contact the mobile hotline number 09673680811.
You may also send an e-copy of said requirements to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
While the present-day force was established in 1987, the protection of the president and the presidential family has always been the duty of the Armed Forces of the Philippines since 1897. A guard unit was raised at the time to protect the first official president, Emilio Aguinaldo, from attempts on his life, In 1898, a presidential cavalry squadron was raised for the protection of President Aguinaldo and his family, reinforced with a guards infantry company. Like today's PSG, they wore rayadillo uniforms, but with straw hats. Major Geronimo Gatmaitan was the unit commander. In 1936, the 1st Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army, raised the same year, was tasked with defending President Manuel Quezon, his family, and the palace complex. They were joined by a guards company in 1938 to reinforce the President's security. During the Second World War, units of the occupying Imperial Japanese Army initially took over guard duties at the palace, only to be replaced by an all-Filipino guard battalion at the insistence of President José P. Laurel. At war's end, it was in turn replaced by the AFP Presidential Guards Battalion under the orders of President Sergio Osmeña. The PSG of today traces its origins to 1950 when a presidential security unit was founded under the orders of President Elpidio Quirino as the secret service and protective unit of the state presidency, the First Family, and Malacañang Palace, under the control of the Philippine Constabulary (then the Secret Service of Malacañang Palace and later the Presidential Security Force and Presidential Security Agency and Presidential Security Command). When Sergio Osmena took over as president, he organized a provisional Presidential Guards Battalion that remained until the time of his predecessor, Manuel Roxas.In August 1950 President Elpidio Quirino placed the presidential guards under the Philippine Constabulary and created a separate organization called Malacanang Secret Agents, perhaps taking a cue from US Secret Service. President Ramon Magsaysay changed the name of the Presidential Guards Battalion to Presidential Security Force. Carlos P. Garcia got back the old name when he assumed the presidency.During the time of Diosdado Macapagal, the Presidential Security Agency was formed, composed of both uniformed and confidential elements. When Ferdinand Marcos assumed power, the Presidential Security Agency was expanded to the Presidential Security Command. During the riotous protests of the 1970s, the Presidential Security Agency was often reinforced by units from the Constabulary, Army, Navy and the Metrocom (Metropolitan Command). These reinforcements were organized into Task Force Pasig.When President Corazon Aquino was sworn in as president, she gave the order to disband the PSC and replace with the PSG. The PSG, then as in the present, has always included both civilian agents and seconded servicemen from the Armed Forces. The PSG launched the PSG Troopers website on February 10, 2017 as part of an effort to improve public relations. Information concerning the president's security arrangements are considered as classified. Four PSG officers were wounded in an encounter with New People's Army guerillas in Arakan, North Cotabato after they were spotted running a fake vehicle checkpoint. On September 26, 2017, a PSG officer was found dead inside the Malacañang complex with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Source: Presidential Security Group