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The National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) and the AFP Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management (OSSSM) represented the Philippines in the recently concluded Track II Network of ASEAN Defence and Security Institutions (NADI) Meeting held at Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore on 2-5 April 2018.
NDCP President RAdm Roberto Q Estioko AFP (Ret) PhD MNSA, led the Philippine delegation. He was accompanied by the AFP-OSSSM Chief Col Adriano S Perez Jr (GSC) INF PA. The Philippine delegation also included Mr Christian Vicedo of NDCP and Ms Rowena Tatad of OSSSM.
The NADI Meeting, hosted by the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) of Singapore, discussed the evolving regional political, security, and economic environment, as well as the emerging non-traditional security issues that pose challenges and threats to regional peace and stability.
On April 2, prior to the NADI Meeting, the Philippine delegation met with Consul General Victorio Mario M Dimagiba Jr at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.
Founded in 2007, NADI is a group of think tanks and educational institutions from ASEAN member-states with the aim to provide insights and recommendations primarily for the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM). NDCP and AFP-OSSSM have been actively participating in NADI meetings, workshops, and retreats as part of their international defense and security engagements.
In 2017, NDCP and AFP-OSSSM co-chaired NADI meetings, workshops, and retreat, in line with the Philippine chairmanship of ASEAN under the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” RSIS took over the chairmanship of NADI for 2018, coinciding Singapore’s year-long chairmanship in ASEAN.