LIEUTENANT GENERAL FERDINAND MENDEZ CARTUJANO PAF (RET) assumed office as President, National Defense College of the Philippines on 15 August 2022.

LTGEN Cartujano is a product of the public education system from elementary to college. Graduating from elementary as salutatorian, he graduated from high school as valedictorian when he was only fifteen years old. He spent two years at the University of the Philippines-Diliman where he studied BS Marine Science as a state scholar. He then entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in the summer of 1984 when he was seventeen years old. As a PMA cadet, he was consistently named in the Dean’s List and the Commandant’s List. In sports, he was a champion in boxing, karate, aikido, basketball, and volleyball during intramural games, and was named as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice in basketball.

LTGEN Cartujano graduated from PMA as a distinguished member of the PMA “Maringal” Class of 1988. Thereafter, he joined the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and took the Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at PAF Flying School and finished with “flying colors,” earning his Pilot Wings in 1990. He has all the flight qualifications as a pilot:  Flight Commander; Level 1 Flight Examiner and Evaluator; Instructor Pilot; Test Pilot; Assault Pilot; and Search and Rescue Pilot.

His mettle as a pilot was tested when he was assigned with the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing as an assault pilot, flying numerous aerial and tactical missions in support to combat operations against Communists Terrorists Groups in Marag Valley in Apayao and Abra; to the hinterlands of Bicol Region; the regions of Negros, Waray, and Caraga in the Visayas and Mindanao; and against Muslim secessionists in Southern Mindanao. He was awarded a Wounded Personnel Medal (WPM) when the Huey helicopter he piloted was aerially ambushed in Samar in 1993.

These combat experiences inspired him to take the Air Intelligence Officers’ Course where he graduated at the top of his class. It also opened doors for him to occupy staff positions, which aptly prepared him to be the Squadron Commander of the 5056th Search and Rescue Squadron, which is based in Laoag. His exceptional leadership in this unit earned him the award of the PAF Best Squadron Commander of the Year for three consecutive years – from Anniversary Years 2001, 2002, and 2003. In 2009, he assumed the position as Group Commander of 505th Search and Rescue Group where his unit was named as back-to-back PAF Group of the Year in AY 2010 and 2011. He also has the distinction of being named as Officer of the Year of 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing and 505th Search and Rescue Group in 1995 and 2002 respectively. For two straight years (2019 and 2020), his unit the Air Education, Training and Doctrine Command (AETDC) was named as the PAF Functional Command of the Year.

To further develop his competency as a pilot, logistician and strategic planner, he pursued various military career courses that he all finished outstandingly, among these are the Squadron Officers Course (SOC) where he graduated Number 2 in his class; Australian Command General Staff Course (CGSC) at the Australian Defense College in Weston Creek, Canberra, Australia in 2005; and the Senior Executive Course in National Security (SECNS) Class 10 at the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP).

These were complemented with various military specialization training and seminars that he took locally and abroad that include the following: AFP Logistics Officers Integrated Course, graduating Number 1; AFP Financial Management Course, finishing at Number 3; Defense Resource Management Seminar and the Regional Seminar- Workshop on Transparency and Conventional Arms in the United Nation Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.

The NDCP President’s zest for learning and his sincere commitment to help mold future leaders were further boosted by his two (2) Post-Graduate degrees, namely: Masters in Management in Defense Studies (MMDS) from the University of Canberra in Canberra, Australia, and Masters in Business Economics (MBE) from the University of Asia and the Pacific in Ortigas, Pasig.

On 16 November 2020, LTGEN Cartujano took the helm and leadership of PMA as Superintendent. Among LTGEN Cartujano’s greatest legacy at PMA include leading the Cadet Corps  at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020 to 2022, which involved the production of all the vaccines and booster shots not only for the cadets but also all personnel and their dependents, tenant units, and AFP units in Baguio and in the surrounding community.

As Superintendent, LTGEN Cartujano oversaw a record in cadet history with 1,270 cadets during School Year 2021- 2022 due to very low attrition rate and very high success rate. With the arrival of the plebes for School Year 2022-2023, the Cadet Corps currently has 1,310 cadets. LTGEN Cartujano also led the regularization of all contractual employees at PMA including servers, utility workers, and laborers. Most importantly, LTGEN Cartujano succeeded in  eradicating maltreatment practices  and hazing at PMA, putting premium and emphasis on education and corrective training policies.

Before his stint as Superintendent, LTGEN Cartujano was an Assistant Superintendent during which he headed the Technical Working Group (TWG) that conceptualized, designed, and defended the presently used course curricula for programs such as the Bachelor of Science in National Security Management, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, and the soon to be implemented Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering.

LTGEN Cartujano’s leadership in PMA vastly contributed to the Academy’s very high success rate.

No doubt, his solid foundation in training, coupled with excellence in his craft led him to occupy various positions of major responsibility in the AFP, which include the following: Commander, Air Education, Training and Doctrine Command; Deputy Wing Commander of 600th Air Base Wing in Clark Air Base; Chief of Division Staff of 1st Air Division in Clark Air Base; and Group Commander of the 505th Search and Rescue Group of the Philippine Air Force, among others. He also holds the distinction of being the only AFP Officer to have occupied the top three (3) positions in PMA – first as the Chief of Academy Staff; then as Assistant Superintendent; and finally as Superintendent of his beloved Alma Mater.

A testament of 38 years of continuous, committed, and faithful military service to the nation earned him the following awards: Presidential Legion of Honor degree of Commander; Presidential Legion of Honor degree of Officer; Distinguished Service Stars; Gold Cross Medal for gallantry in action; an Outstanding Achievement Medal; Distinguished Aviation Cross Medals for airmanship; Bronze Cross Medals; and countless Military Merit and Commendation Medals. He, likewise, takes pride in wearing the Philippine Air Force Military Pilot Badge (Gold Wings) for earning more than 5,000 Accident – Free flying hours, with the hope of inspiring the next generation of pilots. As of today, he has accumulated varied accolades, appreciations, and Letters of Commendation from private and public sectors, to include some from the Office of the President of the Philippines.

As the current NDCP President, LTGEN Cartujano intends to build on the accomplishments of the past and reach even greater heights.  His leadership of the College is guided by three key thrusts:  institutionalization, expansion, and self-development.

A proud son of the historic towns of San Miguel, Bulacan and Roxas City, Capiz, LTGEN Cartujano was born on 26 June 1966, blissfully married to Director Dinna Anna Lee Lumibao – Cartujano, and is a proud father of two (2) successful and lovely daughters – Beatrice Dianne and Lara Danielle.


Executive Vice President

CAPTAIN ALDRIN C CUÑA PN (RES) served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor (2010-2013) and City Administrator (2014-2019).  In the World Bank Doig Business Report (2019) the Philippines improved from 124TH to 95TH worldwide rankings, paving the way for “The Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018” (Republic Act 11032); which was incubated and pilot tested by the National Competitiveness Council during his watch in Quezon City.

Aldrin finished his Bachelor Degree in Political Science at the De La Salle University – Manila.  He has a Juris Doctor degree from the San Sebastian College – Recoletos.  In 2007, graduated 6TH among 52 graduates of the 41ST Master in National Security Administration Regular Class. He is currently finishing his Doctor in Public Administration at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Captain Cuña assumed office as Executive Vice President on 18 August 2021.  He brings into the NDCP his wealth of experience in the field of policy research and analysis, public management and administration.  He is an OCD-accredited cadre on Incident Command System and a staunch supporter of Disaster Management and Resiliency.  Apart from being a faculty of Political Science, He was former Deputy Commander of the Naval Forces Reserve – National Capital Region.  EVP Cuña is currently Officer In Charge of the Naval Forces Reserve – West (Palawan).   He is also an active officer of the Association of Philippine Volunteer Fire Brigades Inc.


Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Students and Acting Director, Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense Development and Security

Dr. Alan Ada Lachica is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the National Defense College of the Philippines. He also serves as the Module Director for National Security Administration (NSA 201). He previously served as the Module Director for National Security Administration 210 (Special Topics in National Security Administration). Dr. Lachica was also the Program Director of the successful, first-ever English Language Course (ELC), an English language training program under the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM)- Wide Education and Training Exchanges Program participated by military officers and ministry of defense officials from several ASEAN-member countries.

Dr. 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 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.

He had previously worked in South Korea as an Assistant Professor in Daegu Catholic University and at Gyeongju University. He was also a Professorial Lecturer in the Master of ASEAN Studies graduate program of the University of the Philippines Open University and at the Department of International Studies in Far Eastern University.

His academic and research interests are defense diplomacy, United Nations and collective security, ASEAN, humanitarian intervention, international humanitarian law, and geopolitics. He has published his research on humanitarian intervention and geopolitics in international peer reviewed journals.


Acting Chief, Research and Special Studies Division

MR CLARENCE ANTHONY P DUGENIA is the Supervising Defense Research Officer and the Acting Chief of Research and Special Studies Division (RSSD) of the National Defense College of the Philippines.

He supervises in the planning, organizing, and controlling the various sections of the RSSD. He renders support and assistance in designing and implementing projects and programs relating to the implementation of research plans and policies. Moreover, he undertakes policy research in defense and national security issues. His other areas of interests include Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Crisis Management.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He earned units in his Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning in the same university.


Chief, Administrative Division

CAPT JORGE A IBARRA PN (Ret) MNSA is currently the Chief of the Administrative Division, National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), Department of National Defense.

Born in Agusan del Norte on 20 October 1966, CAPT IBARRA graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce (Accountancy) from Foundation University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental prior his entry to military service. He was commissioned as Ensign in the Philippine Navy in 1991 upon finishing his Naval Officers Qualification Course “C” as part of Class 124 and was integrated in the regular force on 14 August 1992.

Early in his career, CAPT IBARRA was assigned as military assistant and security officer to the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2004 and at the Office of Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona lll in 2011 to 2012. These assignments provided valuable experience for him as he served to key positions which include Assistant Chief in the International Affairs Branch of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, J5 of the General Headquarters, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and AFP Liaison Officer, JUSMAG from 2004 to 2007; and Chief, International Affairs Branch of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Plans, N5, Philippine Navy from 2007 to 2008. During said period, he honed his skills as a planner in the various bilateral and multilateral trainings and exercises conducted between the AFP and its partner militaries around the world.

Relating to his sea duty and command of units ashore, CAPT IBARRA completed his sea duty billets aboard the Philippine Coast Guard vessels from 1992 to 1995 and the first Commander of the Naval Installation Facility Central and Commander of the Naval Base Rafael Ramos in the Visayas from 2016 to 2017. He assumed collateral duties and responsibilities on this period as the Commander of the Maritime Joint Task Group Deter, Central Command a unit created to strengthen maritime security when the looming intelligence report of terrorism and kidnap for ransom activities were monitored during the Inabangga, Bohol incident and Marawi siege.

He is an educator at heart. Some of his notable positions in the AFP include as Director of the Naval Operations Department of the Naval Officers Schools Center from 1997 to 1998;  Assistant Chief of Education and Training Staff for Operations, T-3 from 2009 to 2011 in the Naval Education, Training, and Doctrine Command;  Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Education and Training, ON8, Headquarters Philippine Navy from 2012 to 2014; Chief of the Plans, Programs, Philippine Defense Reform Division of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Training, J8, Armed Forces of the Philippines from 2014 to 2016; and the Assistant Chief of the AFP Systems Engineering Office, GHQ from 2018 to 2020.

Relatedly, he earned military schoolings/courses/seminar (career and non-career) both local and abroad among others: basic and advance courses at the Naval Education Training Command (NETC) in Cavity City and San Antonio, Zambales respectively, and four foreign courses: Naval Officers Training Course, Rochefort, France from 1995 to 1996; Western Pacific Naval Symposium Senior Officer of the New Generation, Tokyo, Japan in 2007; Overseas Joint Warfare Course, HMAS Penguin, Sydney, Australia in 2008; Naval Command Course (GSC), PLA in Nanjing, China from 2008-2009, and International Officer Joint Warfare Course, Northwood, United Kingdom in 2015.

CAPT IBARRA is no stranger to the NDCP, having graduated with a Master in National Security Administration degree in 2018 as part of Regular Class 53, and having served as the Chief, Military Affairs and Security Division and Chief of Staff of the College from 2020 up until his retirement from the service in 2022.

A testament to more than three (3) decades of continuous and dedicated service to the Filipino people earned him several accolades such as the Distinguished Service Star, the Meritorious Achievement Medal, and several Military Merit and Commendation Medals.

A resident of San Antonio, Zambales, CAPT IBARRA is married to Aura, and is a proud father of two (2) successful children, Alyssa Joy and Jericho Vincent.


Chief, Financial Management Division

MR MARLON Q SISON is the Chief, Financial and Management Division of the National Defense College of the Philippines. Prior to his designation, he served various positions in the College which include the Acting Chief, Administrative Division from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023.

He supervises the preparation of the physical and financial programming and planning of the College, and provides a system of execution and control of the NDCP Budget. He also provides guidelines on financial transactions and overall utilization of funds and assets in the College and establishes procedures for the continuing review, analysis, and evaluation of fiscal plans and programs in relation to targets and goals of the College.


Chief, Military and Security Division

LTC DARWIN C LAGUARDIA PROF is the Acting Chief, Military Affairs and Security Division and the Military Assistant to the President, NDCP.

He is a member of the Corps of Professors, AFP since 2008. His assignment include the Chief of the Assessment and Evaluation Branch, TRED, OJ8 from Jan 2020 to July 2021. While serving as Branch Chief at OJ8, he was designated as OIC AFP Speech Laboratory where he serves as one of the accredited raters of the Australian Defense Force English Language Profiling System (ADFELPS) up to this date. He also served as Chief, Administrative Branch and Career Management Branch of the Office of the Dean, Corps of Professors, AFP from 2017 to 2020, and as the Operations Officer from 2013 to 2014. He also served the AFP Civil Military Operations School in various capacities such as Assistant Commandant, School Director, Head, Academic Department and Head, Research and Doctrine Development and Testing and Evaluation from 2015 to 2017. At the Philippine Military Academy, he was designated as Administrative Officer in the various Departments and staff officer as Assistant ACAD 1 and Group Adjutant of the Academic Group, PMA from 2008 to 2013. Concurrently, he served as instructor and course director in various courses including the English Bridge Program for plebes and other English subjects, Humanities, and History.

LTC LAGUARDIA PROF finished the Technical Service Officer Basic Course at the AFP Medical Service School (now the Health Service Education and Training Center), Health Service Command in 2015, and the Adjutant General Service Officer Advance Course at the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Philippine Army in 2018. He also finished the CMO Officers Correspondence Course – TRADOC, PA; the Instructor Qualification Course and the Curriculum Development Course – SITS, Intelligence Service AFP; UN Peace Operations Course – Canberra, Australia; Language Teacher Training Course – Quebec, Canada; and the ADFELPS Raters Course – Melbourne, Australia.

He is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Bachelor of Secondary Education – English at the Saint Louis University in Baguio City and a Master of Development Management at the Pangasinan State University. He is currently taking up Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics at the Philippine Normal University.

He is blissfully married to Lorilee Joy with whom he has a daughter – Dannie.