FES co-organizes 4th workshop on security sector reform

10-11 November 2015

SSR Group Pic

NDCP Honor Hall, Quezon City


Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has once again partnered with National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces to conduct the 4th Security Sector Reform Workshop held in NDCP Honor Hall last 10-11 November 2015.

While the 3rd SSR workshop of November 2013 focused on SSR and Peace Processes, the rationale for the 4th SSR workshop is the recent peace process in Mindanao and the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which is currently under debate in Congress. Irrespective of whether the current draft BBL, a revised draft or a continuation of the current situation will apply to the near future, members of the security sector need to be aware of possibilities and limitations of post-conflict SSR, based on lessons learned in the context of post-conflict situations internationally and in Southeast Asia in particular.

The objectives of the 4th SSR workshop are to demonstrate the relevance of SSR for post-conflict societies; to share best practices of SSR in post-conflict societies internationally and in Southeast Asia (Aceh); and to examine entry points and strategies for conducting post-conflict SSR with special emphasis to the situation in Mindanao.

The activity was participated by a total of 52 participants from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), National Security Council (NSC) Secretariat, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), and select civil society organizations.

The Workshop featured speakers from the civilian government, uniformed services (AFP, and PNP), private sector, and civil society. ###