Department of National Defense
SECTION 15. Declaration of Policy.—The defense establishment shall be maintained to maximize its effectiveness for guarding against external and internal threats to national peace and security, and provide support for social and economic development.
SECTION 16. General Military Council.—The General Military Council shall advise and assist the Secretary in the formulation of military policies and shall consider and report on such other matters as the Secretary may direct. The Council shall be composed of the Secretary as Chairman; and the Undersecretary of National Defense, the Chief of Staff, the Vice-Chief of Staff, the Assistant Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of thePhilippines, and the Commanders of the Major Services, as members. The Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of thePhilippines shall be the Secretary of the Council.
SECTION 17. Prohibition on Detail of AFP Personnel.—No member of the armed forces in the active service shall, at any time, be appointed or designated in any capacity to a civilian position in the Government including government-owned or controlled corporations or any of their subsidiaries.
SECTION 18. Organizational Structure.—The Department shall be composed of the Secretary, the Undersecretary and Assistant Secretaries and their immediate staffs as determined by them respectively, and such other bodies as are provided by law.
The Government Arsenal, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Defense College of the Philippines and the Integrated National Police shall be under the supervision and control of the Department, except as may be provided by special laws.