September 25, 2020 - The first batch of co-learners of DAP-GSPDM’s Certificate Course in National and International Security (CCNIS) kicked off their three-day learning journey as they were formally welcomed by DAP-GSPDM SVP and Dean, Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina during the opening part of the program.
In her welcome remarks, Dr. Perante-Calina emphasized the value of Security studies today as the world becomes more challenging and uncertain. Being joined by heads and members from different public and private sectors, Dr. Perante-Calina reminded everyone that the discourse on security does not occur in a vacuum. According to her, national and international security is not only the military’s concern but also of other departments and organizations, considering that threats to security emerge inside and out. She also noted that this course will help cultivate the knowledge and discussion in Security studies and will give a chance for everyone to rethink the way security is viewed in times of crisis.
At the latter part of the orientation, DAP-GSPDM Faculty Member and CCNIS Faculty-In-Charge, Dr. Charmaine M. Willoughby provided a course overview and introduced the faculty members who will head the succeeding discussions. She also emphasized the importance of Security studies as the subject’s environment forms new challenges and questions each day.
Mr. Clemente I Vergara, CCNIS Learning Manager discussed the online guidelines to the class and requested the students to submit their expectations on the course, faculty members and co-learners.
With the aim of creating a warm, friendly and personal learning environment, Ms. Alyn Joy Baltazar, the Program Manager of the Security Governance and Diplomacy Cluster (SGDC) facilitated a getting to know activity for all the participants. With the commencement of the CCNIS Batch 1, all participants were assured of a fun, stimulating and memorable learning experience with DAP-GSPDM.