A National Security Strategy for the Philippines

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RP-NSS FOR 2010-2016


17 September 2010

Republic of the Philippines


The common experience among nations upon becoming sovereign states is the immediate launching of a collective effort to craft a comprehensive national security plan. The experience of the Philippines upon becoming a sovereign nation on 04 July 1946 did not fit this model. Instead, we chose to continue adopting for 75 years Commonwealth Act Number 1 or National Defense Act that was enacted in 1935.

The American-sponsored Bill No. 102 providing for the defense of the Philippines was drafted and subsequently passed by the Philippine Assembly on
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The concept of global competitiveness has lately become of import to policymakers. In the latest Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010 published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), it defines competitiveness as the ”set of institutions, policies, and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country.” It adds, “The level of productivity, in turn, sets the sustainable level of prosperity that can be earned by an economy. In other words, more-competitive economies tend to be able to produce higher levels of income for their citizens… a more-competitive economy is one that is likely to grow faster in the medium to long run.” In the same report, it classifies national economies into five stages of development (according to income threshold): (i) Stage 1: Factor driven (with GDP per capita < $2,000); (ii) Transitioning from Stage 1 to Stage 2 (GDP per capita $2,000–$3,000); (iii) Stage 2: Efficiency driven (GDP per capita $3,000–$9,000; (iv) Transition from Stage 2 to Stage 3 (GDP per capita $9,000–17,000); and (v) Stage 3: Innovation driven (GDP per capita > $17,000). Sadly, the Philippines is classified only as a Stage 1 economy :

with the annual income threshold equivalent of less than 90,000 pesos, or a monthly average individual income of 7,500 pesos – at par only with its Asian cousins Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan, Sri
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