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1. Article XXII, section 2 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations states that, "The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity";

2. Pursuant to Article XXIX of the same Convention, the Philippines as the receiving state is mandated to take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on the person, freedom and dignity of a diplomatic agent;

3. The Department of Foreign Affairs is the agency in government primarily responsible in managing state's foreign relations and maintaining Philippine representation with foreign governments through their embassies in the country;

4. Pursuant to Section 24 of Republic Act No. 6975 as amended by Republic Act No. 855, the Philippine National Police, mandated to maintain peace and order and take all necessary steps to ensure public safety, has organized itself to specifically address. diplomatic security issues through its Letter of Instruction (LOI) 56/2011 revising the Task Force Diplomatic Security;

5. The Office of Intelligence and Security is the Department's primarily point of contact with the Philippine National Police and other Philippine law enforcement agencies as well as with the intelligence community on matters related to intelligence and security;

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The DSU shall also address other security matters and concerns of the diplomatic missions and international

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c) Process request for security coverage and assistance from accredited foreign missions/international organization and coordinate with the PNP TF Diplomatic Security on the degree of protection to address the said requests;

d) Monitor the conduct of security coverage by the responsible PNP units for the duration of each engagement as indicated in the request and act as liaison between the operating units and the requesting party;

e) Monitor and espouse, in cooperation with the Office of Protocol, proper compliance with Articles 22, 29 and 30 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and Articles 31, 40, 41 and 42 of the Vienna Convention on

Consular Relations among law enforcement agencies in dealing with the diplomatic corps;

SEC. 4. Reporting

The DSU will accomplish a post-operation report to be submitted to the Head of the OIS after termination of each engagement on the conduct of the security operations and all other related security matters and issues. Other relevant/responsible offices shall be furnished with copies of the said reports.

SEC. 5. Funding

For 2013, the funding requirements for the DSU shall be sourced from the existing funds of the Department. Thereafter, such amounts as may be deemed necessary for the operations of the unit shall be incorporated and included in the annual budget appropriations of the Department.

SEC. 6. Separability Clause

If any part of this Department Order is declared invalid or unconstitutional by competent authority, the other parts that are not covered by such declaration shall remain in full force and effect.

SEC. 7. Repealing Clause

All Department Orders, Circulars, and Regulations, or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with any of the provisions of this Order are hereby repealed or amended accordingly.

SEC. 8. Effectivity

This Department Order shall take effect fifteen (15) days from the date of its deposit with the Office of the National Administrative Register (ONAR) and publication in the Official Gazette or in any newspaper of general circulation.

Secretary of Foreign Affairs

18 September, 2012

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