Entitled “NDCP Talks on Women”, the forum featured Atty Katrina T Legarda, Director of the National Network of Women and Child Protection Units; Dr Amaryllis T Torres, Emeritus Professor at the University of the Philippines; Atty Jacqueline B Veloria MNSA, Special Assistant to the Office of the University of the Philippines College of Law; Dr Carolyn I Sobritchea, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education Technical Panel on Gender and Women’s Studies; and, Ms Fatima Irene T Rasul MNSA, Executive Director of Kasannangan Foundation Inc (KFI); and
In his remarks, NDCP President RAdm Roberto Q Estioko AFP (Ret) PhD MNSA, thanked the guest speakers for taking time to share their personal experiences “of gain and pain, success and struggle, and hope and hurt” to inspire others.
RAdm Estioko also highlighted the Philippine Commission on Women’s report based from the World Economic Forum, stating that the Philippines ranked as seventh in the world and first in Asia to close gender gap.
He said further that the NDCP reaffirms its commitment in advocating gender and development as an important element in promoting national security.
The College believes that the country’s full potential as a nation can only be realized if the full potential of half of its population is also tapped. Thus, promoting gender equality for all is very much a part of national development and security.
The said forum was the NDCP’s culminating activity in celebration of the 2019 National Women’s Month celebration.
Other activities for the women’s month include a forum on women and wellness, and a photo exhibit featuring six women.
One of the bureaus of the Department of National Defense (DND), the NDCP is the government’s highest center for education, training and research on national security and defense.