MPM DevSec - Maritime Safety and Security Batch 1 Holds Program Integration
22 March 2021 - The DAP Graduate School held the Program Integration for the Master in Public Management major in Development and Security with Specialization in Maritime Safety and Security Batch 1 (MPM DevSec MSS B1) with the theme, “Foresight and Phronesis: Creating a Future-proof Mindset for the Nation's Maritime Safety and Security”. The DAP Graduate School and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) co-developed this program whose pioneering batch began in July 2020.
Captain Jerome T. Cayabyab, Superintendent of the Coast Guard Officers’ School, first acknowledged the esteemed guests present in the session. He warmly welcomed student-officers present, and then expressed gratitude to the DAP Graduate School for competently implementing the program despite the challenges that emerged from the pandemic.
In her Integration Lecture, Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina spoke on the topics of security, development, and phronetic leadership. She presented a Governance Reform Framework that builds officers capable of strategic, wise, and ethical decisions in administering their units.
Next, Commander Michael T. Ross of the United States Coast Guard delivered his lecture titled “United States Coast Guard: National and International Fisheries Law Enforcement in the Pacific. He enumerated the ways in which upholding U.S. Laws provide equal support to partner countries such as the Philippines and those in Asia and the Pacific Region. Soon after, U.S. Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs Mr. Philip Roskamp shared his appreciation for the continuing support of the DAP Graduate School and PCG to the efforts of the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Coast Guard.
Following the esteemed guests from the United States, highly regarded Filipino public servants Dr. Orlando S. Mercado and CG Rear Admiral Rolando Lizor N. Punzalan shared the stage for the segment titled “Leadership Insights and Lessons Learned”. Dr. Mercado is both Former Secretary of National Defense and a former Senator and Diplomat, and is a DAP Eminent Fellow. Meanwhile, RAdm Punzalan is Commander of the Philippine Coast Guard Education Training and Doctrine Command. The two respected men mutually highlighted strategic and ethical leadership in performing one’s duty. RAdm Punzalan focused on discipline in achieving targets and goals, and executing plans with the least possible glitches. Both speakers spoke about the great responsibility at the hands of the students who, through their service, are tasked to selflessly protect the citizenry.
Lastly, Commander Lawrence A. Roque, MPM DevSec MSS B1 Class President, delivered an appreciation message from the students. He recalled the hazardous tasks that they perform in protecting the Philippine seas and how these experiences were elevated to greater understanding when they applied the knowledge they have learned from the virtual halls of DAP.
The event was officially closed by Admiral George V. Ursabia, Jr., Commandant of the PCG, who expressed his admiration for the class for overcoming academic challenges while performing their official duties. He also appreciated the wisdom shared by the speakers and the efforts of all faculty members. Lastly, he expressed his admiration for the Graduate School Dean and the DAP Learning Management Team 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, for their dedication and efficient management of the program which exceeded their expectations.