01 March 1951–The Civil Affairs Office (CAO) was founded by virtue of National Defense Order Number 31 with MAJOR JOSE M CRISOL PA as its head
1960-GHQ, AFP deactivated the CAO and activated the Office of the Military Information (OMI) as a Special Staff of CSAFP
1969-BGEN GUILLERMO I PECACHE assumed the leadership of OMI until 1972
May 1972- OMI was renamed Office of the Community Relations (OCR) with COL NOE S ANDAYA as head
01 July 1975- OCR was renamed Office of the Civil Relations as an AFPWSSUs
31 January 1978-the Office of the Civil Relations was deactivated and finally renamed Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines
16 April 1978, BGEN ALEXANDER FELIX AFP took the reign of CRS, AFP from COL NOE S ANDAYA. He then started regionalizing the service by creating the Civil Relations Group (CRGs) in strategic locations nationwide.
July 1986, the Armed Forces Radio DZAF was established under the Ministry Order Number A-092.
On August 1987, DZAF ceased its operations due to the exploitation by certain sectors in the military.
04 January 1988, the radio station revived its operation under a new name DWDD. The CRS, AFP took over the administration and operational control of the station.
26 April 2008, Public Affairs Office (PAO) was activated to perform the task of PA with the objective of promoting the AFP image; and of advancing the national aims, interest and policies. While, the CRS, AFP shall focus in the conduct of Information Support Affairs and Civil Affairs.
The esteemed organization has been headed by a total of thirty three (33) renowned and highly-professional Commanders.
Today, with the implementation of a new AFP thrust of winning the peace through a whole-of-nation approach and the involvement of all stakeholders, as envisioned by the new administration under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, which is called the Armed Forces of the Philippines Development Support and Security Plan or “DSSP KAPAYAPAAN”, it is the aspiration of CRS, AFP to finally deliver successfully its role in winning people’s hearts and minds through the conduct of ISA and CA of the Civil-Military Operations.
Organize, train, equip, sustain and provide Information Support and Civil Affairs units in support to the overall Armed Forces of the Philippines mission.
Conduct Strategic and Operational Civil Military Operations and CMO-Related Trainings in support to the overall AFP mission (AFP Internal Peace Strategic Plan – Bayanihan).
LINEAGE OF COMMANDERS
MAJ JOSE M CRISOL (INF) PA 03 Feb 51 - 17 Aug 69
BGEN GUILLERMO A PECACHE AFP 17 Aug 69 – 16 May 72
COL NOE S ANDAYA PA (GSC) 16 May 72 – 16 Apr 78
BGEN ALEXANDER L FELIX AFP 16 Apr 78 – 12 Mar 83
BGEN PACIFICO M LOPEZ DE LEON AFP 14 Mar 83 – 08 Mar 85
BGEN EDUARDO R ERMITA AFP 08 Mar 85 – 26 Feb 86
BGEN LUIS G SAN ANDRES AFP 26 Feb 86 – 30 Sep 86
BGEN HONESTO M ISLETA AFP 30 Sep 86 – 20 Apr 89
BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO AFP 20 Apr 89 – 04 Mar 90
CAPT JOHNNY S ANDAYA PN (GSC) 04 Mar 90 - 16 Apr 90
BGEN RAMBERTO B SAAVEDRA AFP 16 Apr 90 – 01 Feb 92
BGEN ROMEO A PADIERNOS AFP 01 Feb 92 – 16 Jul 93
BGEN RENE S DADO AFP 16 Jul 93 – 14 Apr 94
BGEN ANGELO T REYES AFP 14 Apr 94 – 03 Aug 95
BGEN VICTOR U GARCIA AFP 03 Aug 95 – 11 Sep 96
COL NESTOR C CASTILLO PA 11 Sep 96 – 21 Feb 00
COL JAIME L CANATOY PAF 21 Feb 00 – 15 May 01
BGEN EDILBERTO P ADAN AFP 15 May 01 – 16 Apr 02
COL JOSE A MENDOZA PAF 16 Apr 02 – 10 Jun 03
RADM EDGARDO M ISRAEL AFP 10 Jun 03 – 01 Oct 03
BGEN VICTOR N CORPUS AFP 01 Oct 03 – 15 Oct 04
BGEN ALEXANDER B YANO AFP 15 Oct 04 – 05 Feb 05
BGEN JOSE ANGEL C HONRADO AFP 05 Feb 05 – 24 Jan 06
BGEN JAIME B BUENAFLOR AFP 24 Jan 06 – 11 Aug 11
COMMO AMABLE B TOLENTINO AFP 11 Aug 11 – 04 Mar 07
BGEN NESTOR R SADIARIN AFP 04 Mar 07 – 12 Dec 08
BGEN GAUDENCIO S PANGILINAN AFP 12 Dec 08 – 13 Nov 09
BGEN FRANCISCO N CRUZ JR AFP 13 Nov 09 – 22 Jul 10
BGEN JOSE Z MABANTA JR AFP 22 Jul 10 – 04 Apr 11
BGEN EDUARDO D DEL ROSARIO AFP 04 Apr 11 – 21 Jan 12
BGEN ROLANDO B TENEFRANCIA AFP 01 Feb 12 – 11 Jan 13
BGEN ROLANDO G JUNGCO AFP 28 Jan 13 - 27 May 14
BGEN ROMEO G GAN AFP AFP 27 May 2014-13 Feb 2015
BGEN JOSELITO E KAKILALA AFP 02 Feb 15 - 04 Apr 16
MGEN RHODERICK M PARAYNO AFP 04 Apr 16 - 01 Dec 16
MGEN RONNIE S EVANGELISTA AFP 01 Dec 16 - 14 Dec 17
MGEN BIENVENIDO R DATUIN JR AFP 14 Dec 17 - 06 Aug 19
BGEN EDGARD A AREVALO AFP 06 Aug 19 - 06 Nov 19 (Acting Commander)
BGEN ERNESTO C TORRES JR AFP 06 Nov 19 - Present
BGEN ERNESTO CASTRO TORRES JR is the thirty ninth Commander of Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was the former Commander of the Joint Task Force Haribon, Eastern Mindanao Command covering Davao City and Island Garden City of Samal as its joint operational area. Concurrently, he is also the Deputy Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command. He was born on 26 January 1967 in Quezon City and a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1989.
A firm believer of the saying “Excellence is won by Training,” he took up various military trainings in the country and abroad. Locally, he completed the Basic Armor and Advance Armor Courses; he is likewise a graduate of Airborne at the Special Forces School; and Intelligence Course at the Special Intelligence Training School, where he consistently finished on top of his class. At the Royal Military College in Australia, he finished Training Developer Course, Training Analysis Course, Doctrine Development Training and Personnel Management Training. Moreover, he took his Command and General Staff Course at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. For his civilian schooling, he obtained his Masters Degree in Mathematics at De La Salle University. He likewise earned his Masters Degree in Military Arts and Science at Fort Leavenworth, USA.
For his military career, he was designated to combat, staff and command positions in different units in Luzon and Mindanao, leading men from being a Platoon Leader to becoming a Brigade Commander, earning for himself both the Luzon and Mindanao Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medals. He also had a stint as an instructor and tactical officer at the Philippine Military Academy during the mid-90s. His most recent positions of major responsibility include: Chief, Office of the Public Affairs and spokesperson for the Philippine Army, and subsequently for the whole Armed Forces of the Philippines; Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2 of the Light Armor Division; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G3 of the 7th Infantry Division; Executive Assistant to the Commanding General of the Philippine Army; Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1 of the Philippine Army; and, prior to his present position, he was the 1003rd Infantry Brigade Commander. He assumed as the Joint Task Force Haribon Commander and as the Deputy Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command on 18 March 2019.
His three decades of military service has been devoted to serving the people and securing the land, which he carried out with utmost pride, competence and integrity. Thus, earning recognition and awards such as the Outstanding Achievement Medal, Distinguished Service Stars, Distinguished Service Medals, Meritorious Achievement Medals, Gawad sa Kaunlaran Medals, Bronze Cross Medals, Silver Wing Medal, United Nations Medal, and numerous Military Merit and Commendation Medals. He likewise earned an honorary Royal Thai Army Airborne Wings from the Thailand Army; and a number of recognitions from the civilian sector.
Apart from these accolades, he considers his family as his most prized possession. He is happily married to Evangeline Cuisia-Torres and is blessed with a daughter named Zoe Jeline and a son, named Manuel Jhudiel.