The Philippines is a maritime and archipelagic country. Its vast maritime and marine resources and wealth entails a system where a balance between the need for exploitation and sustainability are assured for the Filipinos. This requires a whole government’s protected but will spur economic activity in the local communities. Moreover, no meaningful national effort will succeed unless it is linked with the broader international system. As a seas join the Philippines with the rest of the international community, it is readily apparent that the cross-border and international cooperation is an essential requirement of any national efforts for maritime security. On September 6, 2011, the President approved Executive Order No. 57 (E.O. 57) establishing the National Coast Watch System as the central inter-agency mechanism for a coordinated and coherent approach on national maritime issues and maritime security operation towards enhancing governance in the country’s maritime domain.