16/10/2012: PH Seeks More Crisis Management Training from US
16 October 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippines would like to receive more training assistance from the United States to allow it to build its capacity to respond more effectively to terrorism, disasters and other crises that may take place in the country.
“We are thankful for the various training programs that the United States has been providing the Philippines,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., said. “We would like to experience more of this training so we would be better prepared when dealing with crisis situations back home.”
Ambassador Cuisia issued the statement at the end of the Senior Crisis Management Seminar (SCMS) in Virginia that was sponsored by the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) of the US Department of State.
The seminar, which ran from 5 to 10 October 2012, was participated in by Anti-Terrorism Council Executive Director Nabil Tan, Sarangani Vice Governor Steve Salon, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr. and 12 senior officials of the Philippine National Police led by Police Director Catalino Cuy of the Directorate for Human Resources and Doctrine Development.
In his statement, Ambassador Cuisia urged Washington to make available to Manila additional training programs from the State Department and other US government agencies, adding that these exchanges benefit not only the Philippines but the US as well.
According to Chief Supt. Armando Ramolete, Police Attaché at the Philippine Embassy, the SCMS is part of the foreign assistance initiative being undertaken by ATA of the State Department. The seminar is aimed at advancing the counterterrorism capabilities and improving the skill levels of senior crisis managers in partner countries like the Philippines.
Chief Superintendent Ramolete said the SCMS seeks to expose senior foreign policymakers to contemporary practices and systems for managing crises, particularly as they relate to terrorist incidents. It is part of the ATA programs authorized by the US Congress in 1983 to build counterterrorism capacity, enhance bilateral relationships and increase respect for human rights.
The other participants in the SCMS were: Director Manuel R. Barcena, Director, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations–Western Mindanao; Chief Supt. Charles T. Calima, Director, Intelligence Group; Chief Supt. Napoleon R. Estilles, Regional Director, Police Regional Office 9; Chief Supt. Benjamin B. Magalong, Regional Director, Police Regional Office Cordillera; Chief Supt. Ricardo C. Marquez, Deputy Director, Directorate for Operations; Chief Supt. Alex Paul I. Monteagudo, Regional Director, Police Regional Office 12; Chief Supt. Jose Erwin T. Villacorte, Deputy Director, Directorate for Personnel and Records Management; Chief Supt. Juanito B. Vaño Jr., Deputy Director, NCR Police Office; Senior Supt. Jonathan Ferdinand G. Miano, Office of the Directorate for Comptrollership; Senior Supt. Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag, Office of the Chief, PNP; Senior Supt. Marcelo C. Morales, Office of the Anti-Kidnapping Group; Atty. Angelito Magno, National Bureau of Immigration; Atty. Rodney Velicario, University of the Philippines; and Jasper Oreas, Bureau of Immigration. ###
16 October 2012
CRISIS MANAGEMENT. Participants in the Senior Crisis Management Seminar sponsored by the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance of the United States Department of State led by Executive Director Nabil Tan of the Anti-Terrorism Council and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr. pose with members of the training staff and Philippine Embassy officials led by Minister Maria Austria and Police Attaché Armando Ramolete at the conclusion of their week-long training in Virginia on 12 October 2012.
16 October 2012
CRISIS MANAGEMENT. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. receives participants to the Senior Crisis Management Seminar sponsored by the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance of the United States Department of State led by Executive Director Nabil Tan of the Anti-Terrorism Council and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr. at the Philippine Embassy on 10 October 2012. Eighteen officials from the Philippine National Police, local government units, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Immigration took part in the seminar.
17 October 2012
CRISIS MANAGEMENT. Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr. receives from Director James Combs of the Antiterrorism Assistance Program of the Department of State his certificate of participation in the Senior Crisis Management Seminar sponsored by the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance of the United States Department of State at the conclusion of their week-long training in Virginia on 12 October 2012. Looking on are Minister Maria Austria and Police Attaché Armando Ramolete of the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C.