The meeting, which is a part of the class session of NDCP-National Security Studies Program Class 4, was held in the VJR Hall of the Provincial Capitol on Tuesday, April 26.
This brought together officials from both the NDCP and the Palawan government, led by Palawan Governor Victorino Dennis Socrates and NDCP President Lt/Gen Ferdinand Cartujano PAF (Ret), to discuss the current security situation in the province.
The NDCP is offering advanced education and training to military and civilian leaders. The college is responsible for developing the country’s future strategic leaders and plays a key role in shaping national security policy.
During the meeting, the NDCP officials provided an overview of the current security situation in the province, including issues related to maritime security and territorial disputes. The officials emphasized the need for coordinated efforts among government agencies and local communities to address these challenges.
“We are grateful for providing our students the opportunity to interact with key stakeholders in order to identify challenges and prospects for development and national security, I hope that through this engagement, our students will carry a strategic perspective as we assume higher position duties and responsibilities in the very near future,”Cartujano said.
Palawan Governor Socrates, on the other hand, highlighted the province’s efforts to promote sustainable development and protect its natural resources and the government’s mandate to promote distributive justice among its stakeholders.
“The primary objective of government is to promote distributive justice, making sure that everybody gets what is due to him from the collective resources and taxes that have to be applied as far as practicable to the common good. Living morally upright lives involves, among others, doing our work well, fulfilling our duties, and our love for God and fellowmen,” Socrates said.
Both sides recognized the importance of continued cooperation and dialogue to address the challenges facing Palawan.
The meeting ended with an open forum which was also attended by Provincial Administrator Atty. Jethro Palayon, Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Joshua Bolusa, Office of the Governor Chief-of-Staff Ceasar Sammy Magbanua, and other department heads of the provincial government, as well as Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Acting Executive Director Niño Estoya.