The Functional and Transition Programs Section (FTPS) under the Carlos P. Romulo School of Diplomacy (CPRSD), Foreign Service Institute (FSI), concluded its fifth Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) for 2020 from 7 to 18 December 2020. Forty (40) participants attended the Course: 27 from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and 13 from DFA’s partner agencies, Department of National Defense and Department of Labor and Employment.

PDOS is FSI’s regular training seminar for officers and staff of the DFA and its attachés from partner agencies to prepare them for their first tour-of-duty abroad.  It acquaints participants with fundamental information about Diplomacy and Philippine Foreign Policy, discusses the mandate and functions of Foreign Service Posts, helps them attune themselves for relocation to a foreign country with different political, socio-economic, and historical experiences, and refocuses their attention to cross-cultural awareness and adaptability

The Course also had module-sessions that included discussions on selected major challenging situations that could unexpectedly arise from natural or man-made causes and would require personnel at Post to apply appropriate skills and strategies to address such crises.

Capping PDOS Batch 5 was the session on “Re-entry Planning for Returning Personnel from Tour of Duty,” which is in response to proposals to discuss reintegration and readjustment in the home country at the end of one’s assignment at Post. 

PDOS Batch 5 was conducted through Google Meet and Zoom platforms, and included two (2) asynchronous sessions: Crisis Management and Assistance-to-Nationals (CMAN), and Gender Sensitivity Training (GST).  

PDOS Batch 5 participants pose for a virtual class picture with Assistant Secretary Neil Frank R. Ferrer, Office of Consular Affairs, (fourth row, fifth tile), resource person for the session, “Conducting Consular Services at the Home Office and at Post”.