A 33-member delegation from the National Defense College (NDC) of Thailand visited the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) on 14 March 2017.
NDC Advisor Lieutenant General Wisit Wisityothin led the delegation of six NDC officials and staff and 27 members of NDC Class 59 (Route 10).
NDC Class 59 is composed of military officers, civilian government officials, select executives from the private sector and one foreign military officer from the United Kingdom.
NDCP President Rear Admiral (ret) Roberto Q Estioko PhD MNSA, who received the delegation, said in his remarks, “Your visit today is indeed very timely. The Philippines is current chair of ASEAN, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. Our two countries are founding members of this organization, which has played a very important role in the Asia-Pacific Regional Security Environment, and it is thus evident that your visit today underscores the close ties that we have bilaterally, and multilaterally as members of ASEAN.”
The visit was part of the three-day study tour in the Philippines which aims to enable the NDC students to examine and gather information on regional security issues and strategic concepts in national strategic formulation. The visit was also intended to strengthen cooperation between the NDC and the NDCP.
The NDC delegation was given a briefing on the NDCP by Mr Clarence Anthony P Dugenia, Supervising Defense Research Officer. 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 “Observations on President Duterte’s South China Sea Approach” while Col Francis D Alaurin PA of the Office of Strategic Studies and Strategy Management (OSSSM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) delivered a presentation on “Regional Challenges and Strategic Outlook Towards an ASEAN Community”.
Ms Anna Liza P Ochoco of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, OJ2, delivered a briefing on terrorism.
Founded in 1955, NDC is an institute of higher education and research under Thailand’s Ministry of Defense.
NDC has visited the NDCP in 2008. A delegation from NDCP visited Thailand last year.
Col Sripakdee Suthip of the Thai Army, member of the MNSA Regular Class 43 (2007), is the lone MNSA graduate from Thailand.
The NDCP is the government’s highest center for education, training and research on defense and national security. Since 2001, when the NDCP first open its doors to foreign military officers to join the MNSA program, there are 50 foreign graduates from Australia, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
– Jara Gragasin