MPM DevSec Batch 16 Holds Program Integration
19 March 2021 - The DAP Graduate School held the Program Integration for the Master in Public Management major in Development and Security Batch 16 (MPM DevSec B16) with the theme, “Strategic Foresight and Phronetic Leadership in Development and Security: Changing Mindsets and Mapping New Directions”.
MPM DevSec B16, which started in August 2020, is attended by one hundred and one (101) students from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The program is a testament to the successful DAP-AFP Command and General Staff College Twinning Program that seeks to build the competencies of future defense leaders.
Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina, Graduate School Dean, welcomed the participants and gave a lecture on the topic, “The Role of DevSec Leaders in National Security towards National Development” where she shared how the co-learners, as DevSec leaders and ethical public managers, may apply phronetic leadership in nation-building. She also acknowledged the efficient delivery of the courses by the faculty members despite the challenges of online learning.
Invited to the session were experts in the field of development and security. Capt. Greg St. Pierre, U.S. Navy (RET) gave a lecture on the topic, “Military’s Role in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response” where he mentioned that the military’s role extends to mapping of new directions to ensure national security . He shared that the baseline course on Humanitarian Assistance Response Training (HART) led to the framing of the U.S. Department of Defense’s role in Foreign Humanitarian Assistance. To this date, the U.S. Military continues to undertake humanitarian efforts by providing assistance and disaster relief missions to developing countries.
Mr. Philip Roskamp, U.S. Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs, summarized the historic U.S. - PH Military Cooperation as a life-long partnership fully committed to their mutual responsibilities. Likewise, he cordially acknowledged 75 years of U.S. - PH Diplomatic Relations as signified by the Treaty of Manila which recognizes full Philippine independence since 1946.
The topic on “Leadership Insights and Lessons Learned” was discussed by former Senator and Secretary of National Defense, Dr. Orlando S. Mercado, and former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista AFP (Ret.).
Dr. Mercado took his lecture time with a goal to impact the minds of the listeners as he shared the inspiring story of George Marshall, a U.S. Military General during World War II who became famous for the leadership he had provided to aid his nation - economically, emotionally and socially. For Dr. Mercado, the initiative and perspective provided by Marshall must be taken note of military leaders in addition to the practice of artisanship or the pioneering skills for military defense that should be envisioned by every nation.
Meanwhile, Gen. Emmanuel Bautista spoke on more pragmatic terms by sharing his experience in the military and public service. He discussed collective leadership, which he noted is an approach towards making synthesized decisions. Gen. Bautista sternly advised the students to plan meticulously and carefully. In their great responsibility towards the public, he added that military officers must prudently select their battles and their timings, that they be benevolent toward allies and honorable toward foes. Lastly, Gen. Bautista emphasized that military officers should capacitate themselves without compromising principles and beliefs.
The program integration session of MPM DevSec Batch 16 was officially closed by Col. Jose Ritchie M. Pabilonia, (GSC) PAF, Module Director of the Command and General Staff College Class of 68. He expressed gratitude to the DAP Graduate School, as well as to the program’s faculty members and its co-learners for their diligence. He also acknowledged the hard work of the Security Governance and Diplomacy Cluster (SGDC) composed of Ms. Alyn Joy D. Baltazar, Program Manager; Ms. Precious P. Reforma, Learning Manager; and Mr. Christian C. Dolorfino, Mr. Clemente I D. Vergara, Ms. Aya Camille B. Porral and Ms. Nazarra Christia R. Laurel, Learning Associates in managing the DevSec program.