The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) held the closing ceremony of the Foreign Service Officers’ Cadetship Course (FSOCC) on 29 August 2018 at the Carlos P. Romulo Library, DFA Main Building, Pasay City.

Honorable Ma. Theresa B. Dizon-de Vega, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration and Chief Coordinator of the Office of Secretary, graced the event and congratulated the 20 Cadets of FSOCC – Batch SinagPilak. The closing ceremony was also attended by DFA Undersecretary Jose Luis G. Montales and several assistant secretaries and FSI officers.


Hon. Ma. Theresa B. Dizon-de Vega congratulates the cadets.

FSI also bestowed special awards to several cadets. Ms. Sharon Beaulah V. Yap received an award for her near perfect attendance in the course. The group of Ms. Angela Margeaux E. Tolentino, Ms. Vida Soraya S. Verzosa, Mr. Leo Marco C. Vidal, and Mr. Lorenzo Cris D. Vidal received the Best Arts Project Proposal for their work titled “Fide + Felicitas: A Bilateral Cultural Exchange Festival.” Mr. Ralph Jacob Viloria topped the policy paper presentation with his paper titled “Infomercials and Instructional Videos Concerning the Passport Application Process.”

During the FSOCC, the participants attended the Basic Apprenticeship Program on Consular, ATN, Economic, and Political Practice in Foreign Service Posts for the FSO Cadetship Course. The apprenticeship program at Posts equipped the participants with knowledge and skills pertinent to foreign service work.

In partnership with the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), the cadets were sent to 14 Foreign Service Posts (FSPs): Abu Dhabi PE, Bandar Seri Begawan PE, Bangkok PE, Beijing PE, Dhaka PE, Dubai PCG, Kuala Lumpur PE, Hanoi PE, Hong Kong PCG, Manama PE, Seoul PE, Shanghai PCG, Singapore PE, and Tokyo PE.

The closing ceremony was capped by HRMO Acting Director Jim G. Manglana’s official announcement of the designated office of assignment of the graduates in the DFA Home Office.

The FSOCC is an intensive six-month training program designed to develop the core competencies of the new officers in all aspects of diplomatic and consular duties and responsibilities through classroom lectures, seminars, web conferences, workshops, study tours, and exposure trips.


Hon. Celeste Vinzon-Balatbat, FSI Officer-in-Charge, delivers her welcome remarks.


Ms. Susan Phoebe R. Sabado responds on behalf of Batch SinagPilak.


FSO Cadets Batch SinagPilak with DFA Officials.