Date: March 29, 2017

Posted by: jMangibin


The Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime (OSETC) and United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) co-hosted a (2) two- day workshop, TECHNICAL AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT TO SUPPORT THE PHILIPPINES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS PROGRAM (UN PoA) AND THE ARMS TRADE TREATY (ATT) PHASE III: FINAL SUMMARY WORKSHOP VISIT, last March 22-23, 2017 held at SEAMEO Innotech and UP Technohub Microtel, Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman Quezon City.  The primary purpose of the PHASE III workshop is for the legal and technical experts to give their recommendation and analysis in regard to the implementation of United Nations Programme of Action (UN PoA) and Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) culled relevant data in the Philippines from the PHASE I activity dated January 24-27, 2017. The activity was participated by the different government agency representatives.


Initially, on the first day of the workshop it began by the opening remarks delivered by Ambassador Anselmo Simeon P Pinili followed by the message from Aleksander Micic, Deputy Director of UNRCPD.



On the second day, OSETC co-facilitated a panel discussion with representatives from the following key agencies: Armed Forces of the Philippines- Munitions Control Center (AFP-MCC), Anti-Terrorism Council – Program Management Center (ATC-PMC), Philippine National Police – Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO), Department of Trade and Industry-Strategic Trade Management Office (DTI-STMO) and Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) together with Ms. Kytomaki and Mr. De Beer.

The legal expert, Ms. Elli Kytomaki, stated that all countries are different- as there is no “one size fits all” solution.  The constant challenge with managing and developing a national regulatory base on issues such as controlling the transfer and trade of strategic good is to keep the different parts of the legislation coordinated and complementary without causing duplication, gaps, or contradictions. She emphasized that Philippines can be a front-runner in ASEAN in implementing the ATT. 

The technical expert, Mr. David De Beer, highlighted that it became clear during the Assessment Visit last January 2017 that there was a need for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to cover all processes involved in Physical Stockpile Security Management (PSSM). It was recommended that drawing up simple and understandable SOPs that can be reliably followed is one of the first steps in improving PSSM and destruction of the weapons presently allocated for destruction as it will free up PNP-FEO storage space for improved storage of future CCSDAF firearms.

 Mainly the challenges of the Arms Trade Treaty implementation in the country are the waiting time for the Senate concurrence and finalization-implementation of the IRR of the STMA and harmonization of the existing laws in the Philippines. As  per recommendations of the two experts, coming up with Standard Operating Procedures, destruction of the weapons presently allocated for destruction and speeding up of its ratification for the commencement of the delegated function to ATC-PMC with DTI-STMO serving as focal secretariat agencies relevant to small arms and light weapons regulation are pivotal.