A 75-member delegation from the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) visited the Quezon City Government on 25 April 2017.
NDCP Executive Vice President BGen Rolando G Jungco AFP (Ret) led the delegation composed of officials, staff and the 65 members of the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) program Regular Course (RC) 52.
Part of the Political Dimension Module (NSA 204) of the MNSA Program, the said visit aimed to explore the city’s best practices in local governance.
Cdr Aldrin C Cuña PN (Res) GSC MNSA, the City Administrator, received the delegation and delivered a briefing on the “Practices in Governance of Quezon City Government.”
The said briefing discussed QC government’s programs and services for business, tourism, education, social welfare, health, disaster preparedness and mitigation, environmental protection, public safety and security.
Some of QC’s best practices on gender and development are recognized internationally.
Cdr Cuña said “Quezon City was the first-ever local government to represent the country in adopting the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women’s (UN Women) Global Flagship Initiative ‘Safe Cities and Public Spaces’ through the implementation of the ‘Anti-Catcalling Ordinance’ which penalizes street-level harassment.”
The NDCP delegation was given a guided tour of the new facilities of the QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) and the Quezon City Experience (QC X) Museum.
Cdr Cuña is a member of MNSA RC 41 while Mayor Herbert “Bistek” M Bautista belongs to MNSA RC 35. Mayor Bautista was promoted to the rank of Colonel of the Philippine Army (Reservist) on 15 March 2017.
The NDCP is the government’s highest center for education, training and research on defense and national security. Its flagship program is the MNSA program, a one-year full time graduate level course that explores the theory and practice of national security using multi-dimensional perspectives namely, political, economic, socio-cultural, techno-scientific, environmental and military (PESTEM). – Jara Gragasin