13 July 2022 – The Graduate School of Public and Development Management (GSPDM) through its Security Governance and Diplomacy Cluster (SGDC) held the Program Integration for its Master in Public Management major in Development and Security with specialization in Maritime Safety and Security (MPM DevSec MSS) Batch 2 program at the Development Academy of the Philippines Conference Center (DAPCC), Tagaytay.
The Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina began the program with a warm welcome and firm encouragement for the fifteen (15) student officers and Philippine Coast Guard staff who were present in the event. In her lecture entitled, “Foresight Education: An Imperative for National Security”, Dean Calina stressed on the importance of Futures Thinking and Strategic Foresight in capacitating public managers and leaders, as well as, incorporating its frameworks to shape a future where education matters towards advancing national security.
Then, invited guest speaker Dr. Robin Michael U. Garcia, President and Chief Executive Officer of WR Numero Research and currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Asia and the Pacific, gave a talk on "Maritime Security and Archipelagic Challenges, Threats, and Perspectives." He spoke about China's foreign policy and territorial disputes, and the current state of maritime security in Southeast Asia and the Philippines.
The last on the line-up of speakers was Atty. Jay L. Batongbacal, who is the current Director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea and a faculty member of DAP-GSPDM. He began his lecture entitled, “Philippine Waters and Current International Issues” by taking the key points of the first two lectures and linking their relevance to his own discussion. His presentation centered on the various contemporary international legal issues and challenges we face in maritime security today and how they manifest in Philippine waters.
By the end of the lecture series, Dean Calina presented the two guest speakers with certificates of appreciation and also gave the Philippine Coast Guard a plaque of appreciation for being valuable partners in the implementation of the MPM DevSec MSS program.
Coast Guard Officers School Superintendent, CG CAPT PAOLO Z ABEJUELA (MSc) delivered his closing remarks by expressing his gratitude for the efforts of the Dean and all GSPDM faculty members. He also acknowledged the unwavering support of the SGDC Learning Management Team headed by Ms. Alyn Joy D. Baltazar, Program Manager. Other members of the LMT include Ms. Aya Camille B. Porral, MPM DevSec MSS Batch 2 Learning Manager; Ms. Precious P. Reforma, Mr. Christian C. Dolorfino, Mr. Clemente I D. Vergara, Ms. Hanah Hadaza B. De Ocampo and Mr. Lawrence N. Llanita.