On 12-July-2017 The Maritime League, represented by Commo Carlos L Agustin AFP (Ret), and its co-host the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), represented by Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, in partnership with Fireworks Philippines, will sponsor a full-day maritime conference entitled “Maritime Forces: Naval Defense and Non-Traditional Roles.” Five notable speakers from the maritime sector will share their viewpoints and interact with the participants.
At 10:45 a.m., the first speaker, Hon. Delfin N Lorenzana, Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines, will talk on the “Philippine Self-Reliant Defense Program: A Challenge to Maritime Defense Industries.” VADM Ronald Joseph J Mercado (AFP), the incumbent Flag Officer in Command, Philippine Navy, will introduce the Secretary.
At 11:15 a.m., the second speaker, His Excellency Sung Kim, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, will present a paper on “Protecting Maritime Commons: The United States perspective.” Retired VADM Mateo M Mayuga, former Navy Flag Officer In Command, will introduce the speaker.
At 1:00 p.m., the third speaker, National Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Commodore Eduardo B Gongona PCG (Ret), will discuss “Food Security in the Maritime Domain.” Retired Coast Guard Commodore Gilbert D Rueras will introduce the speaker.
At 2:00 p.m., the fourth speaker, His Excellency Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev, Russian Federation Ambassador to the Philippines, will give a presentation on “Russian Maritime Defense Industries: Challenges and Opportunities.” Retired VADM Alexander B Pama, also a former Navy Flag Officer in Command, will introduce the Ambassador.
At 3:00 p.m., the fifth and final speaker, BGEN Charito B Plaza AFP (R), MNSA, Ph.D., the Director-General, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), will discuss “The Role of PEZA in Maritime Defense Industry Development.” Retired Navy Commodore Francisco L Tolin, one of the founding members of The Maritime League, will do the introduction.
Maritime League Trustee Albert Suansing will be the master of ceremonies while Ms Vicky Viray Mendoza will be the speech synthesizer.
In the following days, July 13 and 14, the Maritime Industry Authority, headed by Dr Marcial Quirico Amaro, and other maritime companies will conduct marine technical presentations in the same venue.