The relevance of the National Defense College

When I was admitted to the National Defense College of the Philippines 25 years ago, one year of serious studies opened my eyes to the many aspects of national security which impacts our daily lives that we often take for granted.

I took the course because my brother, Jose Antonio (Bong) Carrion, was governor of Marinduque province and, as a consultant in his office, I wanted to be equipped with the right knowledge and appreciation of how government functions in the local government units.

THE NDCP has grown from strength as it trains leaders in the military and civilian fields in strategic thinking and tactical maneuvers.

It opened my eyes to the many problems of running a provincial government. Most of these problems consist of people’s complaints, communications breakdown, budget constraints, and poverty, health and economic issues.

Today, the members of Class 31, including myself, celebrate our silver anniversary. I am in awe of how much the NDCP has grown as it trains leaders in the military and civilian fields in strategic thinking and tactical maneuvers.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY BING CARRION
COMBAT training in action.

On 22 February 1998, the college moved to a modern three-story building in the Academic Row of Camp Aguinaldo. Its current president is Lt. General Ferdinand M. Cartujano, PAF (Ret.) whom I had the honor to meet when we were presented our silver medallions in formal ceremonies held at the Seda Hotel Fortis North on 15 August.

The NDCP is an educational, training and research college of the Philippine government. It is responsible for providing continued and intensive studies of diverse problems related to national defense and security. The NDCP was established on 12 August 1963.

Today, the Academic and Advisors Board oversees its academic program. To carry out its mandate, the NDCP invites top experts from the academe and senior officers with vast experience from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

I believe that the country’s future is bright as long as we have committed and dedicated Filipinos willing to serve in areas that need their expertise.

I know that the NDCP is the right place to look for such Filipinos because we are trained to be open to change and fearless amidst challenges.

Congratulations, Class 31 of the National Defense College of the Philippines, on silver anniversary!

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