DAP Graduate School Holds Opening Ceremony for MPM DevSec MSS Batch 2
01 October 2021 – The Academy’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (GSPDM), through its Security Governance and Diplomacy Cluster (SGDC), held the Opening Ceremony for the Master in Public Management major in Development and Security with specialization in Maritime Safety and Security (MPM DevSec MSS) Batch 2. This twinning program is in collaboration with the Coast Guard 12 Education, Training and Doctrine Command-Philippine Coast Guard (CG12-PCG).
DAP President and CEO, Atty. Engelbert C. Caronan Jr. MNSA, graciously welcomed the academic counterparts from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Faculty Members, and the DevSec MSS co-learners to the program. In his speech, President Caronan emphasized the importance of ensuring that our coast guard officers are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and perspectives in dealing with the nation’s complex and rising maritime concerns.
GSPDM Dean, Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina, introduced the DAP Graduate School to the DevSec MSS co-learners and discussed the revitalized framework of Development and Security. Likewise, she gave a brief introduction of the program’s structure and curriculum. She discussed further that the program has a total of 39 units, divided into five core courses, seven major courses and a Master’s Thesis.
Ms. Alyn Joy D. Baltazar, SGDC Program Manager, presented the program’s core and major courses as well as the respective Faculty-in-Charge. Thereafter, the FICs including Dr. Kristoffer B. Berse, Dr. Reginald G. Ugaddan, Dr. Ma. Oliva Z. Domingo, Prof. Sheryll Grace S. Aromin, Atty. Maria Emilynda Jeddahlyn Pia V. Benosa and Atty. Jay L. Batongbacal, all shared words of encouragement and gratitude to the 15 co-learners.
A short video presentation from the CG12-PCG was shown to introduce the members of the class. After which, Ms. Aya Camille B. Porral, Learning Manager of the MPM DevSec MSS program, briefed them regarding the schedule of classes.
In closing, Coast Guard Vice Admiral Oscar C. Endona Jr., Deputy Commandant for Administration of the PCG, emphasized that in order for change to happen, one must have not just passion but also a strategy, not just awareness but also action. In addition, he extended his sincerest gratitude to DAP for providing excellent education to PCG Senior officers.
Aligned with the Philippine Coast Guard Officers’ Senior Executive Course (PCGOSEC), the MPM DevSec MSS program seeks to build students’ competencies for them to become effective and competent officers for strategic levels of command and staff positions in the PCG within the overarching framework of development and security focusing on maritime safety and security. The second batch will run for a year, until October 2022.