In the 1980’s, the phenomenal growth of the insurgency movement in the Visayas made the area strategically important to the counter-insurgency program of the AFP. At the same time, it was increasingly clear that peace and development in this part of the country.
In response to the emerging threats to national security during those critical times, the Armed Forces saw the need to be dynamic and constantly restructure and tailor its forces in order to effectively address the threats. Thus, in 1981, the Regional Unified commands were organized as the controlling Operational Headquarters for counter-insurgency operations, with each region in the archipelago being covered with a Regional Unified Command. In the Visayas which has three regions, three (3) Regional Unified Commands (RUC) existed, RUC 6, 7 and 8. However, in 1987, the AFP saw the need to restructure. This move was an offshoot of the observation that the Regional Unified Commands need to be streamlined in order to optimize utilization of personnel and assets of the AFP.
In response to these realities, a Joint Air-Ground-Sea Force was conceived to perform not only security operations, but also to serve as a major contributor in the development efforts of the National Government, most especially the countryside. Thus, on 29 March 1988, the Visayas Command or VISCOM was activated pursuant to Letter of Instruction Number 8 series of 1988 also known as “Pagbabago Echo” to exercise control over all military and paramilitary forces deployed to suppress communist and insurgency and to sustain other units that support the internal security efforts in the Visayas.
On 01 December 2001, the Visayas Command was reorganized and renamed Central Command pursuant to General Orders Number 08, GHQ, aFP dated 03 January 2002.
This reorganization is in line with the AFP Modernization Program to enhance command and control essential for a compact, effective, efficient and responsive organization to properly address the insurgency problems and maintain cohesiveness and unity of efforts of all AFP forces in the area to combat existing threats in the country.