A 39-member delegation from the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) visited the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) on 05 April 2017.
Capt Francis Alexander R Jose PN (GSC), Superintendent of the Naval Officers and School Center (NOSC) led the delegation composed of five (5) Training Staff and 39 members of the Naval Command and Staff Course (NCSC) Class 82, including one foreign military officer, Lt Orri Ronsumbre from the Tentara Nasional Indonesia.
Based in Zambales, the NETC is the Philippine Navy’s (PN) central institution of learning providing high standard of education and training to develop competent and motivated naval professionals.
As part of the NCSC’s Informational Program Visits (IPVs), the visit to the NDCP aims to provide relevant learning experience to enhance the students’ awareness on the role of the NDCP to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and to the PN.
Capt Jose, a graduate of the NDCP’s 12th Senior Executive Course on National Security (SECNS), expressed appreciation for the warm welcome given to the NCSC delegation.
In his remarks, Capt Jose said, “The NDCP has indeed provided a valuable briefing, enabling our delegation not only to look for probable solutions from a military perspective but also to include political, economic, socio-cultural, techno-scientific, and environmental (PESTEM) dimensions to effectively resolve political challenges just like the issue on the South China Sea as well as formation of future PN leaders.”
NDCP President Rear Admiral (ret) Roberto Q Estioko PhD MNSA encouraged the NCSC students who will be promoted to the rank of 04 (Lieutenant Commander or Major) after the course.
In his remarks, Rear Armiral Estioko said, “With all these recent security challenges, the Philippine Navy bears the heaviest responsibility. Regrettably, we do not have the full capability to effectively fulfill our mandate, especially when we are up against a would-be superpower. While we may not win an unthinkable armed confrontation, the Philippine Navy—by maximizing resources, strengthening alliances and strategic partnerships, and enhancing capabilities—can nevertheless raise the costs, with the help of others, for those whose increasing assertiveness in the maritime domain is threatening the stability of the region.”
Rear Admiral Estioko said further, “I hope that you, young officers of the Philippine Navy, take into consideration the strategic environment of the region as you assume higher command and staff positions in the future.”
The NETC delegation was given a briefing on the NDCP by Mr Manmar C Francisco, Senior Defense Research Officer while the briefing on the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) program was delivered by Prof Charithie B Joaquin, Chief of the Academic Affairs Division.
NDCP Defense Research Officer Christian O Vicedo delivered a presentation entitled “Managing Tensions for Peace and Development: Observations on President Duterte’s South China Sea Approach”.
The NETC conducts the six-month NCSC bi-annually. NSCS Class 82 opened in February 2017.
The NDCP is the government’s highest center for education, training and research on defense and national security.
– Jara Gragasin