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Duterte promotes 51 foreign service officers

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:54 AM

Do you have relatives or friends among them?

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc National Convention at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on August 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

CA confirms envoys to Vatican, UAE, 5 other countries

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Lawmakers confirm the nomination of the Philippines' ambassadors to the Vatican, UAE, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic

CONFIRMED ENVOYS. The Commission on Appointments confirms 7 ambassadors on February 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alex Nueva España/PRIB

RESULTS: 2015 Foreign Service Examination

Nov 10, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Congratulations to the latest passers of the Foreign Service Examination


The contest for international support on the South China Sea disputes

Jun 01, 2016 - 2:52 PM

What the apparent diplomatic contest between the Philippines and China as they vie for international support to their respective positions reveal

File photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

UNCLOS Part XII and protecting South China Sea's marine environment

Jul 22, 2015 - 9:23 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Reclamation activities undertaken at the expense of the marine environment represents an abuse of rights and a failure to fulfill obligation under international law

Status of reclamation activities in Gaven Reef as of December 12, 2014. Image courtesy Department of National Defense

Protecting the stateless: Proposing an ASEAN response to the Rohingya

Jul 08, 2015 - 11:17 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Can ASEAN protect the rights of the Rohingyas considered as stateless by some through a regional initiative?

RESCUED. Myanmar and Bangladeshi Rohingya migrants rescued by local Indonesian fisherman arrive in Kuala Langsa, East Aceh, Indonesia, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Mi figue, mi raisin: Filipinos' culture of migration in the age of globalization

Jun 25, 2015 - 11:31 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Present day migration and issues that surround it may only be understood and addressed more clearly by similarly understanding how the wheels of globalization have fueled migration particularly labor migration

Overseas Filipino workers lining up at the immigration checkpoint at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. File photo/AFP

Integrating a gender perspective in UN peace support operations

Jun 15, 2015 - 10:43 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Integrating women in peace operations is not only to mainstream gender equality in operations but has a greater meaning in terms of safeguarding international peace and stability

Nepalese UN Peacekeepers visit an orphanage in Kenscoff, Haiti, with medical supplies, September 8, 2009, Kenscoff, Haiti. Logan Abassi/UN Photo

South Korean aid to PH: Realities and possibilities

Jun 11, 2015 - 9:04 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] To make an impact in the Philippines South Korea’s ODA must continuously complement the development needs of the country

PARTNERS. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye (R) shakes hands with Philippines President Benigno Aquino III (L) during a bilateral meeting at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit at Bexco in Busan, South Korea, December 11, 2014. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/EPA

Ambassador Lucenario: The Robredo of foreign service

May 24, 2015 - 4:27 PM

Through his efforts the total number of potential overseas voters in Hong Kong rose to 87 000 a number that has yet to be surpassed by any post to this day

An environmental turn in the South China Sea disputes

May 18, 2015 - 7:15 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Framing the South China Sea disputes as an environmental concern and not just a sovereignty and jurisdiction issue broadens the number of stakeholders involved

BURIED REEFS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Considerations for the Philippines

May 17, 2015 - 8:30 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Developing member countries of the AIIB such as the Philippines will have to adhere and implement transparency efficiency and accountability in the utilization of loans and investments it receives

In this file photo, Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei (L) gives a speech with the guests of the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 24 October 2014. EPA/Takaki Yajima / POOL

The Philippines in ASEAN-South Korea relations

May 17, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] How can the Philippines take advantage and maximize its participation in ASEAN South Korea relations?

(L-R) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar President Thein Sein, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-cha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and The Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah pose for a photo session at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan City, South Korea, December 12, 2014. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/EPA

Man of God: PH envoy to Pakistan a 'total diplomat'

May 16, 2015 - 6:45 PM

When he presents his credentials to our Creator he will no doubt be received warmly and with open arms Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says

Is ASEAN meeting targets in services trade liberalization?

May 16, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Given the robust performance of the services sector and its importance to global and regional economies ASEAN needs to continue to facilitate its services trade

Silhouetted image of Filipino workers resting on top of a construction site of a building in Manila, Philippines, April 1, 2014. Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Peacekeeping in a volatile environment

Apr 14, 2015 - 10:57 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] The Philippines in Golan Heights and beyond: Hostile environments make it difficult to guarantee the safety and respect for peacekeepers

PEACEKEEPERS. The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission in Syria. File photo by UN

Challenges to Malaysia's 2015 ASEAN chairmanship

Apr 12, 2015 - 12:07 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Its ability to lead will be tested as it balances to secure the interests of the region along with its national interests

Walking a thin line: 50 years of PH-Iran relations

Mar 15, 2015 - 12:30 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] The uphill climb in Philippine Iranian relations in recent years is thus not of its own making but by external forces

US security strategy and its implications for the PH

Mar 08, 2015 - 3:00 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] It is within the Philippines’ interest that the United States continue to play a leadership role in the world stage

Can the Philippines and Vietnam be strategic partners?

Mar 02, 2015 - 12:46 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] The beginning of 2015 marks a promising future for the Philippines and Vietnam

A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, 21 May 2014. Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

A passport to a better life

Aug 06, 2014 - 7:15 PM

Each consular mission gives us new perspectives new ways of doing things to help these Filipinos when our permanent presence cannot do otherwise

TEDIOUS PROCESS. Processors and encoders from the Philippine consular mission painstakingly interview each applicant to ensure that they get the correct entries.  Most applicants do not speak English or Filipino. All photos from Johann Andal

PH ConGen to Dubai Frank Cimafranca: 'For God and Country'

Jul 02, 2014 - 7:44 PM

With an estimated over 750 000 documented overseas Filipinos in the UAE with the bulk based in Dubai Cimafranca’s office faces many challenges

A united region: The ASEAN Community 2015

May 01, 2014 - 5:45 AM

A short overview of ASEAN and some of its challenges on the road to regional integration in 2015

Very undiplomatic row could hit US courts

Mar 06, 2014 - 9:19 AM

The professional body for US diplomats gives the State Department until March 6 to certify that all nominees for plum ambassadorships are competent to serve amid anger over the number of political appointees

PLAYING FAVORITES? In this photo, US President Barack Obama speaks during the Democratic Issues Conference February 14, 2014 in Cambridge, Maryland. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

US political appointees draw fire over plum postings

Feb 16, 2014 - 11:19 AM

US foreign policy circles are complaining about the record number of political appointees especially big donors to President Barack Obama

PLAYING FAVORITES? In this photo, US President Barack Obama speaks during the Democratic Issues Conference February 14, 2014 in Cambridge, Maryland. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Behind the scenes in the Philippine foreign service

Nov 06, 2013 - 11:34 AM

Being an FSO means handling everything under the sun thinking on your toes thinking out of the box and learning things on the fly

How to take the Foreign Service Officer exam

Nov 24, 2012 - 4:45 PM

The exam they say is the most grueling government exam because the DFA is the most elite office in government Out of 628 examinees in 2011 only 9 passed

Time to rethink our foreign policy

Nov 04, 2012 - 12:50 PM

As the Philippines continues its delicate and difficult balancing act in the international arena its leaders should take foreign policy seriously if they are resolute in protecting our interests as a nation

Julio S Amador III.