BRIGADIER GENERAL ARCHIMEDES H VIAJE AFP (Ret), PhD, MNSA
BRIGADIER GENERAL ARCHIMEDES H VIAJE AFP was born on 14 May 1963 in Isabela, Negros Occidental, Philippines. A model student and leader in his primary and secondary years in school, he graduated Valedictorian both from the Isabela West Elementary School in 1976, and from the Marian Academy in his hometown of Isabela, Negros Occidental in 1980. After two years in the La Salle College in Bacolod City, he entered the Philippine Military Academy and graduated as a member of the Sinagtala Class of 1986. Commissioned in the Philippine Navy upon graduation, he finished his junior billet aboard PS 74 (BRP Rizal), PG 104 (BRP Bagong Silang), LT 87 (BRP Cotabato del Sur), and PS 22 (BRP Sultan Kudarat), and assumed various critical positions of responsibility ashore.
Responding to another noble call, he joined the Corps of Professors in 1998. He took the helm of the Command Guidance and Counselling Office of the Philippine Military Academy in 2004. After finishing his PhD in 2010, he assumed as Head of the Department of Social Sciences of the Academic Group, PMA. Immediately after, he served as the Chief of the Military Affairs Division and Chief of Staff of the President of the National Defense College of the Philippines until 2012, and as the Inspector General of the PMA from 2013 to 2014.
His exemplary academic achievements include completing three master’s degrees: a Master in Business Administration from Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Master of Science in Psychology from Saint Louis University in Baguio, and Master in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines. In 2010, he finished his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology at the Ateneo De Manila University.
He is also a registered Psychologist and Career Executive Service Eligible (CESE).
He was appointed as the Dean, Corps of Professors, Armed Forces of the Philippines on 14 October 2014 and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on 14 October 2015. Among his notable achievements as Dean of the Corps of Professors include increasing the Authorized Troops Strength of the COP to its highest ever in the history of the organization and spearheading efforts of the organizational transformation as the Office of the Dean, Corps of Professors achieved Proficiency Status in the AFP Transformation Roadmap Institutionalization Pathway. He also led benchmarking activities to further improve the services of the COP in various AFP units, conducted with foreign military educational institutions in Cambodia, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, and Brunei. Additionally, he presented the best of the AFP military educators to the international academic community through the International Conference on Resilience, the planning and execution of which he led in cooperation with various agencies of the government. BGEN VIAJE also assured the future generations of COP members a home in the General Headquarters, AFP by working toward the construction and completion of the ODCOP Multi-purpose Building.
He is happily married to the former Maria Rowena Javier. They have two adult daughters, Elielle and Gail, a son-in-law, Armand, and grandchildren, named Lizzie, Dei, and Eliya.
CAPT ALDRIN C CUÑA, PN (RES) MNSA
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.
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.
MR CLARENCE ANTHONY P DUGENIA
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.
PROF ROBERT JOSEPH P MEDILLO
Acting Chief, Academics Affairs Division
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 C TORRECAMPO
Director, Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense
Development and Security
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 also currently the Director of the Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense, Development, and Security (PCEDS) of NDCP. He has been with the defense sector since 2015; serving as defense analyst at the Office Of Naval Strategic Studies of the Philippine Navy.
He works on research and extension programs related to gender, peace, and security; collaborative governance; and naval diplomacy. He also spearheads the creatives and innovation activities of PCEDS, particularly in introducing new ways of producing and disseminating knowledge and increasing engagement with stakeholders.
He obtained a degree of Master in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with 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 2014-2016.
LTCOL DARWIN C LAGUARDIA, PROF
Acting 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.
MS LILIA DJ ACO
Acting Chief, Financial Management Division
MS LILIA DJ ACO has been in service with the National Defense College of the Philippines for thirty six years. She currently holds the positions as Head of the Budget and Fiscal Section and the Acting Chief of the Financial and Management Division at the NDCP. She has a degree in Business Administration major in Accounting. She also earned units in her Master’s degree in Business Administration at Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
She supervises budget and operation, financial analysis, allotment status, and program performance and budget execution review.
With her passion and dedication in her profession, she was granted several awards such as Model Civilian Employee in 1990 from the Association of Government Internal Auditors; Exemplary Supervisor
MR MARLON Q SISION CPA
Acting Chief, Administrative Division
MR MARLON Q SISON is the Acting Chief of the Administrative Division of the National Defense College of the Philippines. Prior to his designation, he served various positions in the College. With his drive and initiative to climb the corporate ladder, he worked his way up and become the the former Chief of Financial Management Division.
He provides general and over-all administrative support and services to all the activities of the College for its improvement and effective utilization of financial and manpower resources. Furthermore, he formulates and develops policies relative to the general administrative affairs of the NDCP.