Officials and students from the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) undertook a study visit to Brunei Darussalam on 21-24 May 2016, as part of NDCP’s conduct of its Global Security and Development Study (GSDS) for the Masters in National Security Administration (MNSA) Regular Course. The NDCP delegation was headed by Brig. Gen. Fermin R. de Leon, Jr. AFP (Ret), PhD, MNSA, Director IV and President of the NDCP.
During the NDCP’s study tour to Brunei, the delegation was able to visit the Philippine Chancery wherein the group was briefed by Col. Ernest Mark P. Rosal, PA (GSC), the Embassy’s Defense and Armed Forces Attaché, on the overview of Philippines–Brunei Darussalam defense relations. The delegation was also toured around the Chancery for familiarization of the personnel and functions of various sections within the Embassy.
Following the delegation’s tour of the Philippine Chancery, the Ministries and Department that the NDCP delegation visited include the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT); the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO); the Ministry of Defence (MinDef); the Ministry of Development (MoD); and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT).
The NDCP delegation’s visits to the aforementioned government offices were productive and generated a holistic and multi-dimensional learning experience for the participants who were familiarized with the opportunities, challenges and prospects which Brunei Darussalam pursue for its politico-security and economic development.
The NDCP delegation members who participated in the study tour include Col. Ferdinand Jose G. Rivera, PROF, GSC, MNSA, Chief, Military Affairs and Security Division of NDCP; Mr. Rostum J. Bautista, MNSA, Chief Defense Research Officer and Chief, Research and Special Studies Division of NDCP; Col. Antonio John B. Divinagracia PA; Col. Fernando G. Gaila CHS; Col. Lenart R. Lelina PA; Col. Dennis R. Pacis PA; Col. Florante P. Sison PA; Lt.Col. Nobel Eumar C. Abarra PAF; Lt.Col. Rey B. Alemania PA; Lt.Col. Taharudin P. Ampatuan PA; Lt.Col. Jose Johnson T. Grayda PAF; GP Capt. Abubakar Abdulkadir (Nigerian); Mr. Niño Anthony E. Balagtas, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA); Mr. Hernie A. Mabalo, NICA; Dr. Irene F. Fariñas, Department of Health (DOH); Dr. Marie-Paul B. de Luna, Private Sector; Mr. Iñigo O. Golingay Jr., Private Sector; Mr. Pacifico B. Talplacido V, Private Sector; and Atty. Ma. Charisse E. Gaud, NDCP Staff.
Philippine Ambassador Meynardo LB. Montealegre hosted a high-tea for the delegation at the Ambassador’s official residence on 23 May 2016.
The delegation was very pleased with the outcome of their study tour given the fruitful and productive discussions with officials from the Brunei government offices they visited. They expressed their utmost appreciation to the Philippine Embassy for welcoming them in Brunei and assisting them throughout their study visit.
The GSDS aims to enhance the strategic thinking of NDCP’s students by exposing them to security issues affecting the Philippines. The students will also be given the opportunity to observe the political, economic, socio-cultural, environment, techno-scientific, and military dynamics of ASEAN countries, as they visit academic and government institutions in other ASEAN member-states. For this year’s Regular Course, the NDCP focused on outward visits to ASEAN countries to promote and foster support for the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017. END