Two delegations from the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) simultaneously visited Japan and South Korea from 19 to 24 May 2019.
Each delegation was composed of college officials, faculty, staff and students of the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) Regular Course (RC) 54. One representative from the Department of National Defense (DND) joined each delegation.
Called the Global Security and Development Study (GSDS), the visit is an integral part of the MNSA Program. The GSDS is also a major International Defense and Security Engagement (IDSE) activity of the College.
The delegation to South Korea was led by NDCP President Rear Admiral Roberto Q Estioko AFP (Ret) PhD MNSA while the delegation to Japan was led by NDCP Executive Vice President BGen Rolando G Jungco AFP (Ret).
In South Korea, the delegation interacted with the Philippine Embassy, Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA), Korea Military Academy, Korea National Defense University (KNDU), Hyundai Heavy Industries, LIG Next1 Company, and the Filipino Community in Seoul.
In Japan, the delegation engaged with agencies and organizations based in Tokyo and Osaka. These include the Philippine Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Defense (MOD), National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery and Museum, and Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation.
Key points discussed during the engagements covered bilateral relations of the Philippines with Japan and South Korea, regional security, roles of state-owned enterprises in the defense industry, defense and foreign policy, technology for disaster risk reduction, economic development, defense education, and Filipino community concerns.
The 63-member MNSA RC 54 is composed of 41 officers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with 24 from the Philippine Army, 5 from the Philippine Navy, 9 from the Philippine Air Force, and 3 from the Technical and Administrative Service; 12 from civilian government agencies, 3 from the private sector and 7 from foreign armed forces representing Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
In line with its mandate to prepare and develop the skills and competence of potential national security leaders, the NDCP conducts the one-year MNSA program and other special courses that are designed to provide the students with a broader perspective on national security.
The GSDS provides a unique opportunity for students to observe a country of interest and assess its impact on Philippine national security and development.