ISACS modules used in training for Philippine Government Officials

The Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime  in the Office of the President, together with Nonviolence International Southeast Asia (NISEA) as a civil society implementing partner, conducted a 15-day intensive Training Course on "Licensing, Investigation and Enforcement Policies and Procedures in Relation to the Arms Trade Treaty" on 5-19 February 2018 in the Philippine capital, Manila, funded by the Arms Trade Treaty Voluntary Trust Fund.  

Government officials from 17 implementing agencies at the frontline of enforcing laws and regulations on small arms and light weapons, other conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction participated in the training. Participants acquired basic and applied knowledge of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the obligations the Philippines would assume if it ratifies the treaty.

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) Programme Manager Tony Fish leads a 
session on how to use the ISACS modules
 (Photo: NISEA)

                                                                                                                                Participants familiarize themselves with the ISACS glossary of terms (Photo: NISEA)

The course highlighted areas that would be directly affected upon accession by the Philippines to the ATT, i.e. licensing, investigation and enforcement.  The training covered the Philippines' legal frameworks on conventional weapons and strategic trade control systems; licensing infrastructures and processes; the role of law enforcement from all agencies and how they coordinate with each other; the challenges inherent in current mechanisms and legislation; and best practices that emphasise the importance of inter-agency cooperation.

An important topic covered in the course was "Marking, Tracing, Storage Management and Collection/Destruction of Weapons" where the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) modules were used. The ISACS Glossary of Terms was also used to equip participants with a common understanding of terms and their definitions in order to ensure that they complied with those used in the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms, the ATT and other international instruments. A post-training assessment recommended that future trainings should incorporate other ISACS modules with a view to establishing common standards on weapons control in the Philippines.

For more information about the training, you may contact: 
Mitzi Austero, Programmes Manager, Nonviolence International Southeast Asia | mitzi.austero@me.com | +63 917 852 7321