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DE LA SALLE-COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE

THE FOREIGN SERVICE INSTITUTE
“The Birth Place of Diplomats”
Patrick C. Agonias The paper will discuss about the Foreign Service Institute; its history, structure, function and programs. This paper3/1/2012 will be submitted to Ambassador Jose P. del Rosario Jr. in partial fulfillment of the requirements in Consular and Diplomatic Practices 1.

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..............9 PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.................................12 HISTORY 2| Page ...................................................10 REFERENCES...........................................7 STRUCTURE....................................................................................................................8 ILLUSTRATION OF THE STRUCTURE...............................5 FUNCTIONS...................................PREFACE.4 HISTORY......................................................3 ACKNOWLDEGEMENTS..................................

it will show the programs of the FSI that makes it a crucial agency especially to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). It will provide to answer the historical background of the FSI and how it involved into the institution that it is today. del Rosario Jr.PREFACE What is the Foreign Service Institution (FSI)? How it came to be? What is its structure. Third. 3| Page . This is to be submitted to our Professor Ambassador Jose P. Second it will also give the structure of the FSI and how it is governed and administered. This term paper is done after an actual interview to FSI which was conducted on the 20th of February 2012 from 2:00 – 3:30. It is required for his class under Consular and Diplomatic Practices 1 (CONDIP1) on the 1st of March 2012. function or purpose? The term paper would answer the following questions.

Also the support of Ambassador Jose P. del Rosario Jr. Supervising Foreign Affairs Research Specialist of the Foreign Service Institute who gave her time to me and my group assigned to the FSI in coordinating and conducting an interview.ACKNOWLDEGEMENTS The author would like to acknowledge the support of Rhodora M. I’m grateful to their support in helping me finish this term paper for CONDIP1. our professor who helped in coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs specifically to the Office of Personnel and Administrative Services (OPAS). 4| Page . Joaquin.

then Assistant Secretary for Political Affairs. it is popularly known as the Charter of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI). However. Singian. With the discontinuance of the institute. 5| Page . Their primary objectives were to train newly recruited DFA personnel. then Assistant Secretary for Cultural Affairs.HISTORY The Foreign Service Institute first began operating in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) soon after independence in 1946. On the other hand other government agencies can also study in the Institute. Again the following year 1968. the DFA was requested by the Department of Commerce and Industry to train their 25 newly recruited commercial attaches and analysts. It was conducted under Consul General Pacifico A. 708 or the Foreign Service law stated that: any person who had satisfactorily completed the training in the Institute of Foreign Service and has served continuously for at least one year in an advisory capacity or as a secretary to a Philippine delegation or mission abroad shall be certified as by the Board as eligible for appointment as a Foreign Service Officer. he addressed the 1969 graduates – “I shall explore the possibility of converting the existing Foreign Service course of the Department into an Institute with invited specialists and experts to assists through lectures. 1979. orientations and discussions. the FSI organized and conducted four general orientation PED (Program for Executive Development) training programs of 8 weeks each that were held at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in Tagaytay City and attended by about 150 Ministry of Foreign Affairs personnel at all levels from Chief of Mission. Counsellors. on December 9. 10600. until his retirement on January 23. Back then it was called the Institute of Foreign Service and its main activity was the training of personnel for the Foreign Service. Benitez. The first Director of the FSI was Ambassador Vincente I. For example in 1966.” Seven years later. Marcos signed into law Presidential Decree No. President Ferdinand E. Therefore a 6-week training program called the Basic Foreign Service Course was conducted. it was further expanded to a 3month course under Ambassador Tomas C. In the past. He also served in concurrent capacity as Special Consultant of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Political Problems. Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) and Foreign Service Staff Officers (FSSOs). 1976. The course was expanded the following year into a 2-month course under Dr. the DFA periodically organized and conducted in-service training courses on a need basis. The Republic Act No. Pura S. Romulo realized the importance of a continuing training program. its graduates were exempted from taking the Foreign Service Officer (FSO) examinations. it did not exist as a permanent organ of DFA. Then Foreign Minister Carlos P. Castrence. Castro as Director. During his tenure.

what made the new FSI different from the past is that they now provide researches on concerns of the Philippines and publications of official documents of the Philippines such as trade agreements. operations of FSI during its initial three years have been contracted to the DAP and its training programs are handled mostly by the faculty members from the University of the Philippines (UP). treaties and the like. In addition. 6| Page .As stipulated by law.

in terms of information services and supportive research projects in foreign policy. Correspondingly. STRUCTURE 7| Page . Foreign Service and the organization and management of foreign affairs. international law. It intends to function as an institutional consultant of the DFA on career management systems development as well as related organizational systems. establishment and development of opportunities and competences such as performance appraisal system. development and implementation of course programs oriented along the lines of career education. information and research materials necessary to support the long range educational program of the Institute. Pursuant of this goal. It defines and establishes opportunities offered by the career system through the manpower planning and the development of a career progression. guidance and counselling systems. The functions are according to the Republic Act 1757 of 1991. The institute seeks to strengthen and to enhance its effectiveness through multi –pronged approach to the task of promoting professionalization in the Foreign Service. which contained the expanded mandate of the FSI. etc. It seeks to generate on a continuing systemic basis the learning resources.FUNCTIONS The long term goal of the FSI is the professionalization of the Philippine Career Foreign Service. The research and information components extended its support to training and education programs through the development and publication of learning and educational materials and resources suited to the needs of learning. It also seeks to provide the target beneficiaries the opportunities for upgrading their existing skills and knowledge and to develop in them the attitudes. the training component directs its efforts to the design. competence standards developed from its career structure and performance criteria derived from its tasks structure. career planning. tools and methods for career planning and decision-making. It also seeks to be research base on issues and problems in foreign policy. it designs and installs support systems for the maintenance. it also endeavours to meet the immediate needs of the DFA. Moreover. diplomacy. The Institute studies and asses the existing career system in the Department in terms of the characteristics of its career population. The FSI serves as a centre for the professional career education of the Foreign Service corps.

It is the institute’s governing body. the President of the Development Academy of the Philippines.The FSI since it as a separate entity from the DFA in itself has its structure. and the Administrative and Financial Division (AFSD). He is assisted by heads of the Carlos P. Romulo School of Diplomacy (CPRSD). chaired by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. ILLUSTRATION OF THE STRUCTURE 8| Page . the President of the University of the Philippines. It has a five-person Board of the Foreign Service Institute. The institute is headed by the Director who is a senior career Chief-of-Mission. The remaining four is composed of the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission. and the Director of the Foreign Service Institute. the Centre for International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS).

members of the academe. Symposia and Workshops – To increase the awareness and understanding of international trends.This is the structure of the FSI. The structure shall show the hierarchy within the Institution and emphasize its distinction from the DFA as a separate agency. Romulo of Diplomacy (CPRSD) was established with the FSI through the FSI resolution No. symposium on diplomacy ad occasional lecture series. It also provides channels for interaction. 9| Page . policy-makers. PROGRAMS AND SERVICES Training and Education – The Carlos P. think tanks and non-government representatives to discuss and asses’ crucial issues affecting the Philippines. the FSI maintains a Centre for International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS). Scholarships – The Institute administers Foreign Scholarships and Training Programs (FSTP) offered directly to DFA officers and regular employees. Lectures. The FSI sits as a member in the Foreign Scholarship and Training Program (FSTP) Screening Committees of CHED and TESDA – Research – – By mandate of the Philippine Service Act of 1991. It undertakes studies in support of the formulation. and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for non-degree courses sourced through Official Development Assistance (ODA). cooperation and integration of the efforts of local and foreign experts from the government. private and academic sectors on foreign policy issues and their domestic implications. 30-2000 and was inaugurated on the 22nd of May 2000. These forums are envisioned to provide venue for practitioners of foreign affairs. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for degree courses. and coordinates with the Department of Education (DepEd) for teacher’s basic education. The School is envisioned to provide quality training and education to the career foreign service corps and other public officials in subjects related to their respective areas of responsibility. CPRSD was created out of the original academic operations unit known as the Centre for Career Foreign Service Development (CCFSD). review and dissemination of the Philippine foreign policy. the Institute also hosts the current issues forum.

national government agencies. It provides reference services for inquires and literature searching. yearbooks. Maritime Collection . regions of the world. The collection of the library are as follows: – – ○ General Collection .reference materials such as encyclopaedias. both domestic and foreign and 50 titles of non-print materials.books for general circulation on different subject areas such as political science. ○ ○ Treaty Collection . and international and regional organizations. The library houses a collection of approximately 13. Philippine Treaty Collection (restricted) . and the publication of Special Subject Bibliographies. social sciences. Romulo Library caters to the DFA. manuals. magazines. and yearbooks.a collection of books on international law and other law-related ○ ASEAN Collection . and military and naval science. handbooks.a collection of pamphlets.books on maritime matters and border and territorial disputes literature. ○ Periodical Collection .000 volumes of books and 40 titles of newspapers. Philippine Foreign Service posts. literature. ○ Country Files . and academe.a collection of publications of the FSI. libraries of local universities. dictionaries. ○ ○ Legal Collection . 10 | P a g e . Library – The Carlos P. as well as information services through its Library Update. atlases.Publications – To disseminate information on Philippine foreign policy and diplomacy. ○ FSI Publications .professional journals. journals and magazines. newsmagazines. and other materials on various countries.a collection of ASEAN documents and other related ASEAN publications. It also serves as repository of annual or post reports of Philippine Foreign Service establishments and the originals of treaties and agreements entered into by the Philippine government.a collection of certified true copies of treaties entered into by the Philippine government. and newspapers.original copies of agreements entered into by the Philippine government. other government and non-government institutions. embassies in Manila. the FSI publishes books and other reading materials and distributes them to both Houses of Congress. schools and colleges and other research institutions. ○ Reference Collection .

Brochure: The Foreign Service Institute. The Republic of the Philippines. consulates. and UNESCO and non-book materials. United Nations. Interviewers) Manila. (P.gov.○ Gender and Development Collection . Foreign Service Institute.a collection of books on gender and gender issues and other related issues. Manila. Alvarez. 7157. B. Term Paper: The Foreign Service Institute.annual and post reports of Philippine embassies.fsi. Philippines: Foreign Service Institute. Diaz. 11 | P a g e . and regional consular offices (restricted collection).a collection of books on labour migration. Aquino. refugees. from Foreign Service Institution: http://www.. Republic Act No. 1979 Yeabook. & Joaquin.ph/index. Alabado. (2011). A. R. Retrieved Febuary 25. Philippines: Foreign Service Institute. Amores. (1991). Febuary 20). materials published by the APEC Secretariat. M. Foreign Service Institute: Programs and Services. Manila: The Republic of the Philippines. Agonias. missions. Foreign Service Institute. C. S. ○ Labour and Migration Collection . Philippines. February). including ILO publications. REFERENCES Foreign Service Institute. ○ Other collections/materials . (2012.. & J. Metro Manila.php? option=com_content&view=category&id=15&Itemid=105 Marasigan. (2012. 2012.

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