Dr. Phares Parayno finished his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania in Energy Management and Environment Policy where his dissertation investigated the complex interrelationships between rural poverty and environmental degradation in the Philippines.  Among others, it analyzed past development programs to alleviate rural poverty and minimize environmental degradation using a dynamic simulation model.  He currently chairs the Department of Environment in Miriam College (Philippines), a school known for its advocacy on environment, peace and gender. He has taught Corporate Environmental Management, Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Reduction Management, Renewable Energy Resources, Environmental Science, and Theories and Concepts of Sustainable Development. Dr. Parayno has been awarded scholarships and grants and has delivered academic papers in various local and international conferences. He took his Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.  Dr. Parayno graduated cum laude in BS Chemical Engineering at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.




He has extensive in Trauma Surgery and  Emergency Medicine experience. The Health Undersecretary  of Philippines (2010 to 2015) where he achieved Universal Health Coverage. The Coordinator of Foreign Medical Teams during Typhoon Haiyan (2013). He led the modernization of public hospitals through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). He was CIO  achieving  COBIT 5 Certification and implementing  National eHealth Strategic Framework Plan. A Board Member of  five Philippine hospitals.  He was a Professor of Emergency Medicine  at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM 2007-2010). Created Center for Research in Emergency Medicine (CREM), graduated first batch of Masters in EM. A former  Board member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM). An International Associate for John Hopkins University, implementing Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) course (PEER Program; USAID). A  member of WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives Taskforce that developed WHO surgery checklist. In the University of the Philippines, he started Fellowship Program for Trauma and Residency Program in Emergency Medicine. A community Servant  as Chairman  Physicians for Peace, Philippines. His awards include: 2011 UPAA Distinguished Award Public Service; 2013 UPAA Distinguished Service Award; 2012 Rotary International D3780 Rotary Golden Wheel Award. Currently Chief of the Division of Trauma, Department of Surgery,  and National Telehealth Center, University of the Philippines, Manila.




Florian A. Alburo is presently President of the Center for the Advancement of Trade Integration and Facilitation (CATIF); Professorial Lecturer of Economics; University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines; Team Leader European Union Trade-Related Technical Assistance Project; Fellow, Center for Internet Studies, Institute for International Policy at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington U.S.A.; and Advisor on Trade Facilitation of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Alburo has over two decades professional and managerial experience on international trade and finance, investment and development policy administration as senior government policy maker, project director of programs and projects, leader of consulting teams, and independent consultant to international organizations and private sector. Previous experiences include Deputy Minister of Socio-Economic Planning and Deputy Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority; Trade Specialist of the Greater-Mekong Sub-Region of Asian Development Bank; Panel Member Pacific Economic Outlook, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council; Team Leader, Development Alternatives, Inc., Team Leader, United Nations Development Program; Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore) and Overseas Development Council (Washington, D.C.); and Project Specialist in Economics and Rural Development of the Ford Foundation.

Dr. Alburo has written in professional journals, opinion pages of newspapers, and edited publications, singly, or in collaboration with economists, sociologists, other social scientists. He has over 100 papers and publications, received grants, awards including Outstanding Publication from the National Academy of Science and Technology, travel and study grants from foundations, and was a candidate in the World Bank’s Young Professional Program. He has Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics.



Gen Nuqui retired as the Chief of Air Staff in 2004 and was appointed as Asst Sec for Philippine Defense Reforms, DND in the same year. He headed the Regulatory Standards Division of the CAAP in 2008 and was a consultant to Field Aviation Canada in 2010 and Zeeland Aviation (Texas USA) in 2012 to date. He is currently a consultant to the Executive Director, Presidential Commission on Visiting Forces. He has been the Module Director for the Military Dimension of the MNSA Program since 2013. Gen Nuqui took an undergraduate course in Industrial Engineering at the University of the Philippines and, is a graduate of the Asian Institute of Management and MNSA.




  • Vice President for Academic Affairs, National Defense College of the Philippines, 2001-2010
  • Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (UP College Manila) University of the Philippines Manila, 1978-1984
  • Director, Graduate Studies; Administrative Development Center; Local Government Center – National College of Public Administration and Governance, U.P. Diliman, held between the years 1976-1993

ACADEMIC (Teaching, Research) POSTS

  • From Instructor to Full Professor, NCPAG – UP Diliman 1968-2001
  • Module Director, Policy Science/Studies, NDCP, 1983-2011; 2016
  • Research in the fields of population policy, local government administration and politics, disaster risks reduction and management


  • Chairman, UP Management Education Council (Late 80s)
  • Chairman, Philippine Social Science Council (1997-1998)
  • Member, Study group to reorganize the Executive Office (Malacanang), Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Head, study group to reorganize the Commission on Population
  • Member, Management Study of the Supreme Court
  • Head, study group to organize the New Provincial Government of Saranggani
  • Member, study group to convert the Municipality of Makati into a city
  • Chief of Training, World-Bank Project on Municipal Training (1984-86)
  • Chairman, Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF)
  • Module Director, Executive Development, Civil Service Academy (1980’s)


  • Doctor of Public Administrator, University of Southern California, USA, 1975
  • Master of Public Administrator, U.P., 1969
  •  Bachelor of Arts (English), University of the Philippines, 1961


  • Lay Liturgical Minister/Special Minister of Holy Communion, U.P. Parish of the Holy Sacrifice 1981 to present
  • Chairman, Parish Pastoral Council, 2-terms, UPPHS
  • Supra Montem Certificate of Recognition awarded by the Bishop, Diocese of Cubao, August 2013


  • Born in Manila 3 October 1935
  • Married to Carlita dela Cruz, 1967 with 3 children: Carlene, Cara Mia and Carlo, blessed with 7 (8th coming up) grandchildren





Master’s degree in War Studies from King’s College, University of London Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS),Hawaii, Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at the University of California in San Diego, USA (UCSD)

Prof Joaquin is a member of the faculty of the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP). She is the Course Director for the Module on the Environmental Dimension of National Security. She also served as the Assistant Course Director for the modules on National Security Management, Policy and Environment. Previously, she headed the NDCP’s Defense Management Institute (DMI). As the NDCP’s main training arm, the DMI conducted short- and medium-term non-degree courses, conferences, lecture series and fora on current security issues. She was also the Deputy Director of the NDCP’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). She is the Lead Coordinator of the Program on Professional Development for Defense Civilians (PDDC), one of the programs under the multi-year Philippine Defense Reform Program of the Department of National Defense (DND). Prof Joaquin holds a Master’s degree in War Studies from King’s College, University of London where she received a Merit Award, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines. She has participated in short courses on strategic studies at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at the University of California in San Diego, USA (UCSD) and at the Hawaii-based Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS). She is a recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship (2004-2005) and the 2009 NDCP Model Supervisor Award. Her areas of interest include Military Operations Other Than War, terrorism, terrorist financing, cyber security and strategic studies.




DR. ANANDA DEVI D ALMASE  is the Course Director for Policy Studies in the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) Program of the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP).  As a Professor, she also gives policy advice, paper presentations, and extension services to other government institutions and independent policy think tanks in the security sector.

Dr Almase earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, major in Journalism, from the College of Mass Communication in the University of the Philippines (UP);   Master in Public Administration, with honors, from the National College of Public Administration and Governance  (NCPAG) in UP; and Doctorate in Public Administration also from NCPAG.

Prior to her appointment as Professor in NDCP, she served as former faculty and then senior lecturer in UP where she taught her academic fields of Communication and Public Administration to undergraduate and graduate students. In the course of her continuing studies in her University, before joining the NDCP as permanent faculty, she also gained experiences working in different branches of government—from the Armed Forces and the Executive, to the Supreme Court and Congress.

Aside from accomplishing her University degrees, she attended the Advanced Security Cooperation Course at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii; and the Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Dr Almase is married to Aldwine and has an only daughter named Arjuna.




PROFESSOR ELISEO M MERIN is an Associate Professor at the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP). He earned his Master of Arts in Philippine Linguistics at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman and his Bachelor of Arts in Scholastic Philosophy at Sacred Heart Seminary, Leyte. Prof Merin was a recipient of a three-year full scholarship on Chinese Language and Culture in Fujen University, Taiwan, under the sponsorship of the Mission Foundation of Germany. In l988, he studied Modern Chinese at the Beijing Language Institute, 3rd Department for Foreign Students, Mainland China. His one-year advanced study under the UP Exchange Scholarship Program at the Peoples Republic of China, Prof. Merin served as researcher and Chinese Language Facilitator at the Philippine Embassy, Beijing, China. In 1992, he traveled to China together with seven faculty members of U.P. Diliman to visit China’s Free Economic Zones and other places of interest like Beijing, Xian, Shenzhen, Canton and Hongkong. In August 2004, Prof Merin participated in a scholarship program for Teachers of Chinese as a Foreign Language in Xiamen University, Southern China. The Training Program was conducted under the auspices of the Commission on Higher Education, the Chinese Filipino Business Club and business tycoon Mr Lucio Tan. He was former Director of the Foreign Languag


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Professor Chester B Cabalza is Associate Professor, Module Director for the Socio-Cultural Dimension of National Security, and member of the Academic Board of the National Defense College of the Philippines. He concurrently works as the College Registrar. He obtained his BA Anthropology (2001) and MA Asian Studies (2008) from the University of the Philippines and also lectures in the graduate and undergraduate programs of the Department of Anthropology in UP Diliman. He became a Fellow of the PLA National Defense University in Beijing, China (2011). He has also attended and completed several short courses conducted by foreign counterparts such as the Australian Defence Force (ADF); Counter Terrorism Technology Centre, Defence Research and Development Canada (CTTC-DRDC), International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and the US Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA). He also sits as Board of Trustee and Chairman of Research and Special Projects of the Ibanag Heritage Foundation, Inc (IHFI).

As a scholar, he has presented his papers in various international and local academic fora and published scholarly articles for peer-reviewed domestic and foreign journals. He was a recipient of the Angara Scholarship Award in UP Diliman (2006-2008) and the Southeast Asian Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP) by the Japan Foundation (2000).  In 2011, he won the SMI-IFSSO Prize for the Social Sciences Award (an international recognition) for his legal propositions to amend the anti-terrorism law in the Philippines. Prof Cabalza also wrote the Political Dimension of National Security (International) Module for the e-distance learning of the MNSA.