In September 2017, Senator Loren Legarda announced that her MNSA Class 27 of 1993 took the lead in the establishment of the Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense, Development, and Security (PCEDS). As a follow-through, a seed money was awarded to the National Defense College of the Philippines to house and support the Center. The Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense, Development and Security is a specialized research and training center of excellence established at NDCP thru DND Order No. 404 dated 18 September 2017. The Center was activated in January 2018 with the assumption of General Alexander B Yano AFP(Ret) as Director. The Center’s nature of operation includes, among others, the following:
a) Provide policy-relevant researches on global strategic affairs to address strategic change and security priorities of the country as well as regional and global security challenges; and
b) Facilitate cooperation and coordination of the Philippines with relevant national government as well as regional and international organizations on defense and security issues.