PROF DR JOSE SANTOS R CARANDANG VI, MNSA

Vice President for Academics Affairs and Dean of Students

Prof Dr Jose Santos R Carandang VI, MNSA is a proud member of MNSA RC 42 and CGSC Class 51. He has been a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Ready Research Force for more than 20 years. His current rank is permanent Full Colonel in the Corps of Professors Reserve Force.


In 2018, Prof Dr Carandang took his mandatory retirement as Professor of Biology and Research Fellow at De La Salle University where he was a Lasallian academic for almost 40 years. A few months later, he was called back to full time teaching as Senior Lecturer. He is now on secondment from De La Salle University to the National Defense College of the Philippines as Vice President and concurrently the Dean. Prof Dr Jose Santos R Carandang VI, MNSA is a proud member of MNSA RC 42 and CGSC Class 51.


His recent publications are mostly on food security particularly urban farming and the biological control of invasive species affecting food production and sustainability science. The latter research agenda is in collaboration with Prof Dr Robert Taylor of Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA.


His academic leadership and management experiences at DLSU include being the Dean of the College of Science, the Chair of the Biology Department and the Director of several offices including the Center for Natural Science and Environmental Research, the Food Institute, the Environmental Research Center and the Alfred Shields Marine Station. He was visiting Professor at Lasalle Beauvais in France in 2012. He was also a pioneer module writer and tutor at the University of the Philippines Open University. Furthermore, he was the Member for Biology of the Commission on Higher Education Technical Panel for Science and Mathematics for more than a decade and a reviewer of the Environmental Management Bureau for the Environmental Impact Assessment Process. He is also a Regular Member of the National Research Council of the Philippines.
He earned his first doctorate in Natural Science (Dr. rer. Nat.) from the University of Wuerzburg in Germany in 1992 as a German Academic Exchange Services scholar. He conducted his post-doctoral research projects in Plant Stress Physiology at the same university supported by the same scholarship.

He earned his second doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Management from De La Salle University in 2018. He has a Master in National Security Administration degree from the National Defense College of the Philippines (MNSA RC 42) and a Master of Science in Biology degree from De La Salle University. His Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is from Adamson University.

DR ANANDA DEVI DOMINGO-ALMASE, DPA

Dr. Ananda Devi Domingo-Almase, DPA is a Professor III at the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) and the Course Director for the National Security Policy Analysis Module of the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) Program of this College.

Dr. Almase was educated in the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, major in Journalism, in 1993; Master in Public Administration, with honors, in 1999; and, Doctor of Public Administration in 2007. She is also an alumna of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) of the United States (US) Department of Defense (DOD) in Honolulu, Hawaii where she took up the “Advanced Security Cooperation Course” in 2012. As part of her continuing education, she also took up the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Executive Education Program for “Senior Executives in National and International Security” in 2015, and another HKS Executive Education Program on “Mastering Negotiation” in Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA in 2016.

Dr Almase is a distinguished Senior Fellow of the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), who received numerous presidential citation awards and recognitions from the PPSC for sharing her knowledge on national security policy development. Her 2015 study and paper presentation with the PPSC about mainstreaming public safety in the national security policy framework for the next administration had become the foundation for the opening of the Master in Public Safety Administration (MPSA) Course in the PPSC in 2016, as well as for the curriculum development and research agenda of the Officers’ Senior Executive Course (OSEC) programs of the National Police College (NPC) thereafter.

Dr Almase wrote several thought pieces on the Philippines’ national security policy and strategy, which were published by the Asia Dialogue of the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom (UK) from 2017 to 2020.

DR ALAN ADA LACHICA

Dr. Alan Ada Lachica obtained his Ph.D. in International Studies (major in International Relations) from Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. He finished his Master in Political Science degree specializing in Peace Studies and Global Governance at the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies of Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea. He also received a Certificate in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Europa Universitat Viadrina in Germany. Dr Lachica worked in South Korea as an Assistant Professor in Daegu Catholic University and Gyeongju University. He was also a Professorial Lecturer in the ASEAN Studies graduate program of the University of the Philippines Open University and at the Department of International Studies in Far Eastern University. Dr. Lachica’s academic and research interests are defense diplomacy, humanitarian intervention, international relations and diplomacy, international humanitarian law, and geopolitics.

PROF ROBERT JOSEPH P MEDILLO

ROBERT JOSEPH PAMA MEDILLO is an Associate Professor II and the Acting Chief of the Academic Affairs Division of the National Defense College of the Philippines. He also served as Assistant to the President on Research Matters from June 2021 to March 2022. Prof Medillo is the MNSA Program’s Module Director of NSA 300 (Thesis Writing) for the Academic Year 2021-2022. His research areas are critical security studies, politics of security, security cooperation, and foreign policy and national security issues in developing countries.

He earned his Master of Arts in Political Science from De La Salle University-Manila in 2018 (Recipient, St. La Salle Financial Assistance Scholarship) and his Bachelor of Arts in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in 2012 (Recipient, Full Honors Academic Scholarship). His master’s degree thesis titled “Imperialism, State-Making, and Philippine Security in the South China Sea” analyzed the Philippines’ security challenges in the South China Sea using the nuances of postcolonial perspective in International Relations (IR).

His recent publications are “Seeking Accountability, Legitimacy, and Transparency: Congressional Intervention in the Philippines’ South China Sea Policy,” Philippine Political Science Journal (Volume 41, Issue 1-2); “The Tragedy of Small Power Politics: The Philippines in the South China Sea,” Bandung: Journal of the Global South (Volume 7, Issue 1); and “The Philippine Security Predicament in the South China Sea,” Digest of the Office of the Strategic Studies and Strategy Management, Armed Forces of the Philippines (Volume 23, Issue 3). His commentary “Will Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response Bolster its International Recognition?” was published by the East Asia Forum.

His forthcoming publications are “The European Union as a Security Actor in the South China Sea: A Philippine Perspective” (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Philippines) and “Book Review: Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia” (Asian Politics and Policy Journal). In the past almost ten years combined, he taught general education and professional courses in Political Science, International Studies, and Social Sciences in Adamson University, National University, College of the Holy Spirit, and Far Eastern University, and has worked for diplomatic missions based in Manila: under the Political Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea from 2014 to 2015, and the Press and Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Italy from 2016 to 2021.

PROF REJ CORTEZ TORRECAMPO

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR REJ CORTEZ TORRECAMPO is an Associate Professor I of the National Defense College of the Philippines and a Senior Lecturer at the International Studies Department of Miriam College. He is the Module Director of NSA 207B: Leadership and Management for AY 2021-2022. He is also currently serving as the Director of the Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense, Development, and Security (PCEDS) of NDCP.

He works on research and extension services related to gender, peace, and security; collaborative governance; and naval diplomacy. He is currently expanding his management research report entitled “Designing a Collaborative Governance Strategy for an Integrated Philippine Defense and Security Education System”.

His administrative functions include: Director, PCEDS, Secretary, Joint Accreditation Board, Faculty-in-Charge of Gender and Development, Vice-Chair of the TWG on the Development of the NDCP Stakeholder Engagement Plan, and member of Men Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE) NDCP Chapter. 

He has been with the defense sector since 2015; serving as a defense analyst at the Office of Naval Strategic Studies of the Philippine Navy until 2018 and research consultant for the PN until 2019. He joined NDCP, serving at PCEDS, in May 2018. He obtained a degree of Master in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a specialization in International Politics minor in Peace Studies from Miriam College. He completed 30 units of coursework for the program Master of Arts in Foreign Service from the Philippine Women’s University from 2014 to 2016.

PROF GABRIEL MA. J LOPEZ PhD, EnP

Prof. Gabriel Lopez is a licensed Regional-Rural-Urban (RRUrban) Development and Security Environmental Planner (EnP) who has combined education, management and organizational development and mentoring/coaching in his various services for beneficiaries. He joined NDCP in 1990 as a junior faculty supporting the modules National Security Management, which he eventually was tasked to handle. He has served as Module Director for National Security Management, Leadership, and Introduction to National Security. He has also cooperated in non-academic offerings including the various public Executive Versions of the National Security Administration non-degree programs and the Conflict Resolution and Management programs.

As an educator he has served as adjunct faculty and occasional Dean of Graduate Programs at Ateneo de Manila University (School of Government and John Gokongwei School of Management, Loyola School of Theology), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Holy Angel University, San Sebastian Recoleto College de Cavite, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and Enderun Colleges. He has taught at the Development Academy of the Philippines, AFP Command and Staff College, Public Safety College of the Philippines and Philippine Army TRADOC.

He teaches these subjects: Organizational Behavior, Strategic Human Resources Management, Policy Development and Management, Ethics and Good Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Political Economy, Development Management, Introduction to Environmental Planning, Basic Research for Management, Heroic Servant Leadership, Conflict Resolution and Peace Making, among others.

He has served the Philippine Government and Private Organizations both here and abroad including, among others: Office of the First Lady, Development Bank of the Philippines, National Historical Commission, Nayong Pilipino, Board of Environmental Planners, Cultural Center of the Philippines, NEDA and Coverdale Organization USA . In addition to education services, Prof. Lopez continuously serves privately in some current urban and sub-regional development projects of the Palafox Team (which has included/includes: Zamboanga City Plan, Metro Davao Plan, Pagadian City Plan, Ilocos Norte Provincial Plan, Laoag City Plan, Vigan City Plan, Real LGU Plan, selected Naval Properties Plan, among others.)

Lopez has been active in some civic organizations, notably Association for Philippines-China Understanding, Philippine British Society, Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, UPSURP Planades Foundation, and Tanghalang Pilipino of Metro Washington DC.

Lopez obtained a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, Certificate in Government Management and Master in Environmental Planning from the University of the Philippines. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities at the Ateneo de Manila University. He attended a Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution at Harvard University and all the Coach Formation Programs of Coverdale Organization USA.

PROF MARIA VICTORIA DV GUMMERT MSc

PROFESSOR GUMMERT is currently the Module Director for NSA 205: Economics and Security at the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP). She was a Senior Supervising fellow at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) for the Master in Productivity and Quality Management Major in Microfinance, and the Master in Public Management Major in Rural Development, on a blended learning mode. She used to be a lecturer at the Command and General Staff College, Philippine Public Safety College, and other programs of DAP’s Graduate School on Public and Development Management. She was an Instructor at Mindanao State University, General Santos Campus and Camarines Sur State Agricultural College.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City and finished her Masters in Agricultural Economics Major in Production Economics from the University of the Philippines – Los Baños. She also finished her course work for the Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics Major in Resource Economics from UPLB.

    Areas of Specialization:

• Economics and Security

 • Agricultural Economics

• Environmental Science

• Environmental degradation effects on Agriculture

 • Project Development Management

• Bridging Leadership

PROF RENATO CRUZ DE CASTRO

Renato Cruz De Castro is a distinguished professor at the Department of International Studies, De La Salle University, Manila, and holds the Dr. Aurelio Calderon Chair in Philippines-American Relation. He was a visiting fellow in the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) of the Japanese Ministry of Defense in the summer of 2018. He was based in Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) from June to August 2017 as a visiting researcher. From September to December 2016, he was based in East-West Center in Washington D.C. as the U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative Researcher from the Philippines. He is an alumnus of the Daniel Inouye AsiaPacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, U.S.A.

In 2009, Dr. De Castro became the U.S. State Department ASEAN Research Fellow from the Philippines and was based in the Political Science Department of Arizona State University. Professor De Castro served as a consultant to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Secretary Caesar Garcia, of the National Security Council (NSC) during the Aquino Administration (2010-2016). He conducts several professional courses on International Relations, Strategic and Security Studies in the National Defense College (NDCP), Special Intelligence Training School (SITS) of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), General Staff College of the Philippines, and the Foreign Service Institute (FSI).

As a member of the Board of Trustees of the Albert Del Rosario Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ADRI), he writes monthly opinion columns for the Philippine Star and Business World. In 2019, the Board of Trustee of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA) declared that Professor De Castro is the most prolific Filipino Political Scientist in terms of scholarly publication, and one of the top 10 Filipino Political Scientists in terms of number of citations.

The 2022 AD Scientific Index ranked him 92th among the top 100 scientists in the Philippines and one of the top 50 Social Scientists of the country. The index also ranked him number one Filipino Political Scientist in terms of publications and citations. He has written over 100 articles on international relations and security that have been published in a number of scholarly journals and edited works in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Malaysia, France, Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, and the United States.

He earned his Ph.D. from the Government and International Studies Department of the University of South Carolina as a Fulbright Scholar in 2001, and obtained his B.A. and two master’s degrees from the University of the Philippines

COLONEL HAROUN-AL-RASHID I JAJI

COLONEL HAROUN-AL-RASHID I JAJI earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Philippine Military Academy graduating as a consistent honor student and with the highest number of awards of excellence in 1991. Subsequently he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Philippine Army.

He has over 20 years of progressively responsible experience in military service, crisis management, and peacebuilding, both at headquarters and in field missions. These are highlighted by his stints as a military officer involved in conflict resolution, counter-terrorism, and strategy management and deployed in remote conflict-affected Mindanao for more than a decade; as peace monitor and deputy chief of staff of the Joint EU-ASEAN Aceh, Indonesia Monitoring Mission; and as consultant, member of the technical working group and staff officer in the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace processes, among others.

LONEL JAJI is a graduate of several military and civilian schoolings both local and abroad. He completed the Special Forces Operations Course, Intelligence Officer Course, Infantry Officer Basic and Advance Courses, and General Staff Course, among others, from the different Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) training institutions. He did his master’s program on resource management in Australia and China at the University of Melbourne. He completed his Master’s degree in Public Administration, specializing in International and National Security Policy at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, New York, United States of America. He also earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy specializing in Natural Resource Conflict at the State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry as a Fulbright scholar. These are complemented by certificates and diplomas earned by attending seminars/workshops/courses in various training institutions around the world, particularly in Europe and the United States of America. He has the distinction of being the First Fulbright Scholar from the AFP since the Fulbright program was established in the country 73 years ago.

PROF JONAS GEORGE S SORIANO

Jonas George S. Soriano is formerly an Assistant Secretary at the Office of the Cabinet Secretary at the Office of the President of the Philippine, he took the lead in ensuring top level decisions through the Social Development, Economic and Infrastructure Cabinet level committees. A former Director Development Academy of the Philippines, a Chairperson of the Joint Task Force on Camps Transformation at the Office of the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process and a Development implementer and consultant, he is an expert in capacity-building, strengthening participatory governance, social entrepreneurship, project impact and midterm evaluation and building strategic partnerships across local, regional and national government counterparts.

A graduate of the Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and Development program of the Asian Institute of Management and with Doctoral Units of the Executive Development on Educational Leadership with the Development Academy of the Philippines, Mr. Soriano served as a Educator for the University of the Philippines and Ateneo University providing learnings and insights on Social Entrepreneurship.  He helped develop various Masters programs and pioneering subjects of the Development Academy of the Philippines, Philippine Public Safety College, National Defense College of the Philippines, Center Colleges of the Philippines resulting in close to 3000 action oriented public and private leader managers that took the lead in programs and projects of the Departments of National Defense, Health, Agrarian Reform, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources and various local governments affected by the Typhoon Yolanda.

Mr. Soriano has designed programs, materials, and workshops on Leadership, theory U, enterprise development, Productivity, Microfinance Leadership and subsector and value chain development for various government and non-government institutions resulting in better attainment of organizational and institutional outcomes.  He developed and implemented a leadership program on Development and Security for the Department of National Defense, Department of Interior and Local Government and the Office of the Cabinet Secretary. Mr. Soriano promoted programs converging National Development and Security programs with the Local Government Units across Mindanao, for greater decentralization and local governance

On program evaluation, he recently led in the evaluation of the World Wildlife Fund Philippines Sustainable Tuna Partnership Project. Funded by WWF Germany in partnership with the German Ministry, the evaluation activities were implemented during the height of the pandemic, consultations and FGDs combined face to face, zoom and other online approaches to ensure evaluation implementation.  Mr. Soriano also lead the evaluation of some other projects including the social entrepreneurship, Policy Advocacy and Land program of IDEALs Inc, the Abaca project of the ACE NGO in Samar.  Finally he managed Development and Advocacy programs for seven organizations, including Solidarity for People’s Power; Kasanyangan Foundation; KFI Center for Community Development Foundation; Ploughshares Inc., and Klowil Agricultural Enterprise.