THE Department of National Defense (DND) has welcomed the appointment of former Interior secretary Eduardo Año as the new national security adviser (NSA).

In a statement on Sunday, January 15, 2023, Defense Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. expressed confidence that Año, who will also serve as director general of the National Security Council, will undoubtedly render his decisive, informed, and pragmatic guidance to address our country’s various security concerns.

“The former Armed Forces chief of staff and secretary of the DILG has also been a stalwart advocate of our whole-of-nation approach on national security, especially in addressing the armed conflict brought by insurgency and terrorism,” he said.

“The entire One Defense Team congratulates Secretary Año on his appointment,” he added.

The DND also thanked and congratulated outgoing NSA Secretary Clarita Carlos who will join the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department of the House of Representatives. (SunStar Philippines)