Reaction Paper on Foreign Policy

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Reaction Paper on the Lecture Forum on Promoting Philippine Policy

Mr Raul Hernandez, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson, was the speaker of the lecture in promoting Philippine policy. He, in behalf of the department, believes that interacting with the students will offer them a vital opportunity to discuss the nation’s foreign policy and how it affects to the people of our country. By doing the lecture forum, it was a great opportunity to us students in broadening our perspective to the works and duties of the said department.

I would like to agree of Mr Hernandez’s comment before he begins his lecture when he asked us that, what comes in your in mind when you hear the word DFA? And everybody says passport and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Indeed when I hear about DFA before all I could think of was passport and OFWs but now after the lecture forum I learned that working in the department you will grow your eye bags.

According to Mr Hernandez that the chief architect of the foreign policies is our president and they are the ones who implemented it. There are three pillars in the Foreign Policy and these are the National Defence, National Economy and the Overseas Filipino Workers relations. One of the first things that he discussed was the third pillar which is in relation of the OFWs. Filipinos abroad are experiencing different experiences, some were repatriated, some were facing death penalties, and some were accused as drug maulers and many more. With this I could relate to Mansbach et al. on the book Towards a New Conceptualization of Global Politics (page 98) that the increasing size and complexity of systems and institutions threaten individuals with a sense of helplessness in a world dominated by large impersonal forces. I can say that they are related because of the fact that our country is experiencing helplessness against a much larger forces of the other countries and the fact that we have different systems and...