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NRCP EXTENDS SUPPORT TO DFA-FSI FOREIGN SERVICE CADETSHIP COURSE

Friday, August 04, 2017 12:00 AM    Views : 124by:Geraldo S. Petilla, DOST-NRCP

NRCP experts talk on Science Diplomacy with Batch XXIV of the FSI Foreign Service Cadetship Course.  Seated from L-R: Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Dr. Josefino C. Comiso, FSI Deputy Director Julio S. Amador III, NRCP Executive Director Dr. Marieta Baņez Sumagaysay, Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr. and Dr. Ma. Carmen Ablan-Lagman. Standing far left is Dr. Geraldo Petilla, NRCP FAD Chief who coordinated the NRCP-FSI collaboration.

In a rare and probably the first collaboration between the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)- Foreign Service Institute (FSI) to implement the latter's Foreign Service Officers (FSO) Cadetship Course (Batch XXIV), the NRCP provided its expert members to be the resource speakers for the Science Diplomacy module of the program.  The lecture, which was followed by an open forum, was held at the Special Envoy Carlos Chan Room, DFA Building, Pasay City, on July 11, 2017 and was participated in by the 26 newly appointed Foreign Service Officers.

The resource speakers from NRCP were Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr., Regular Member, and an NRCP Achievement Awardee (2017) of the Social Science Division and retired professor of the De la Salle University  (DLSU) who spoke on Environmental Diplomacy in relation to Permanent Negotiation and Dispute Settlement, and Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Associate Member, Physics Division, widely known as lead proponent and project leader of the Philippine Space Project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST),  who tackled the topic on International Space Law and Policy. Dr. Robles' expertise is in the area of International Relations and Political Science, while Dr. Sese is one of the few Astrophysicists in the country. Joining them in the event is Dr. Josefino C. Comiso, one of the plenary speakers of the 2017 Science Council of Asia (SCA) hosted by the DOST- NRCP, a Senior Space Scientist at the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) of the U.S, who shared his views on the Climate Change and its implications to securing the country. Dr. Comiso is an expert of Polar Oceanography, Climate Change and Satellite Remote Sensing and has graced in past NRCP General Membership Assembly (GMA) as plenary speaker.

The Cadetship Program's objective was to provide an overview of the purpose and practice of diplomacy to the participants and to analyze the inter-relatedness of diplomacy and other fields such as science and information technology. This regular program of the DFA-FSI is part of the required training for the country's future diplomats.  In attendance also of the event was the FSI Deputy Director Julio S. Amador III who served as moderator for the session, NRCP Executive Director Dr. Marieta Baņez Sumagaysay, and NRCP Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Geraldo S. Petilla.

NRCP experts talk on Science Diplomacy with Batch XXIV of the FSI Foreign Service Cadetship Course.  Seated from L-R: Dr. Rogel Mari Sese,      Dr. Josefino C. Comiso, FSI Deputy Director Julio S. Amador III, NRCP Executive Director Dr. Marieta Baņez Sumagaysay, Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr. and Dr. Ma. Carmen Ablan-Lagman. Standing far left is Dr. Geraldo Petilla, NRCP FAD Chief who coordinated the NRCP-FSI collaboration.

In a rare and probably the first collaboration between the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)- Foreign Service Institute (FSI) to implement the latter's Foreign Service Officers (FSO) Cadetship Course (Batch XXIV), the NRCP provided its expert members to be the resource speakers for the Science Diplomacy module of the program.  The lecture, which was followed by an open forum, was held at the Special Envoy Carlos Chan Room, DFA Building, Pasay City, on July 11, 2017 and was participated in by the 26 newly appointed Foreign Service Officers.

The resource speakers from NRCP were Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr., Regular Member, and an NRCP Achievement Awardee (2017) of the Social Science Division and retired professor of the De la Salle University  (DLSU) who spoke on Environmental Diplomacy in relation to Permanent Negotiation and Dispute Settlement, and Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Associate Member, Physics Division, widely known as lead proponent and project leader of the Philippine Space Project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST),  who tackled the topic on International Space Law and Policy. Dr. Robles' expertise is in the area of International Relations and Political Science, while Dr. Sese is one of the few Astrophysicists in the country. Joining them in the event is Dr. Josefino C. Comiso, one of the plenary speakers of the 2017 Science Council of Asia (SCA) hosted by the DOST- NRCP, a Senior Space Scientist at the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) of the U.S, who shared his views on the Climate Change and its implications to securing the country. Dr. Comiso is an expert of Polar Oceanography, Climate Change and Satellite Remote Sensing and has graced in past NRCP General Membership Assembly (GMA) as plenary speaker.

The Cadetship Program's objective was to provide an overview of the purpose and practice of diplomacy to the participants and to analyze the inter-relatedness of diplomacy and other fields such as science and information technology. This regular program of the DFA-FSI is part of the required training for the country's future diplomats.  In attendance also of the event was the FSI Deputy Director Julio S. Amador III who served as moderator for the session, NRCP Executive Director Dr. Marieta Baņez Sumagaysay, and NRCP Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Geraldo S. Petilla.

Source: http://www.nrcp.dost.gov.ph/latest-news/282-nrcp-extends-support-to-dfa-fsi-foreign-service-cadetship-course

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