The Foreign Service Institute

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) was formally established under Presidential Decree 1060 on 9 December 1976. With the promulgation of Republic Act (RA) 7157, or the Philippine Foreign Service Act of 1991, the mandate of the Institute was revitalized and expanded. Title VIII–Foreign Service Institute, Section 57, of RA 7157 states the functions of the FSI as follows:


“The Institute, through its academic, training, research, information, publication, systems development and other programs, shall serve as the center for the development and professionalization of the career corps of the foreign service of the Department and other government agencies which have offices and employees assigned abroad. It shall maintain a Center of International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS) and shall otherwise function as a research institution on issues and problems with foreign policy implications, global and regional strategies and management of foreign affairs while serving as institutional consultant of the Department on matters related to foreign policies and programs as well as development management, planning, review and evaluation processes in the Department. The Institute shall, inter alia, pursue a training program for those who are leaving for foreign assignments and for those who are recalled and shall hold seminars, including language courses, to prepare such officers and employees for their new assignments.”


The Institute thus designs and conducts training programs appropriate to the needs of personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and those of other government agencies who will be assigned to Philippine foreign service posts. It undertakes independent research on issues relevant to international relations and foreign policy as well as policy studies in aid of foreign policy formulation, management, and evaluation. It also provides institutional support to the DFA with regard to organizational development and management, including but not limited to the planning, review, and assessment of the policies and systems and procedures of the Department.



The FSI is the prime training and research institute for Philippine foreign policy, diplomacy, and related fields and a recognized center for language learning. Its personnel are experts by virtue of their experience and academic training in their respective areas of specialization or functions, who are fully committed to providing the highest quality of training and research output to the complete satisfaction of the Institute’s clients.



The Foreign Service Institute aims primarily to:


(1)   develop on a continuous basis the in-house capacity of the FSI personnel to deliver effectively on their core competencies of training, research, and organizational development;


(2)   support the efforts of the DFA to enhance the capacity of its personnel to effectively deliver their core competencies;


(3)   design and conduct the appropriate training programs relevant to the current issues and future trends of foreign policy and diplomacy;


(4)   provide policy options through its research and policy studies in aid of foreign policy formulation, management, and evaluation; and


(5)   provide institutional support to the DFA with regard to organizational development and management, including but not limited to the planning, review, and assessment of the policies and systems and procedures of the DFA.



“The FSI team can do it; each of us performing with excellence, integrity, and dedication to our assigned responsibilities, ever aware of our obligation to serve with the highest ideals of patriotism and professionalism.”


Organizational Structure

Pursuant to Presidential Decree 1060, the Board of the Foreign Service Institute is the governing body of the Institute. It is composed of:


Secretary of Foreign Affairs


Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission
President of the University of the Philippines
President of the Development Academy of the Philippines
Director-General of the Foreign Service Institute


The Institute is headed by a full-time Director-General who is seconded from the Senior Chiefs of Mission in the career foreign service corps. The Director-General also holds the title of Assistant Secretary. The Deputy Director-General, who ranks next to the Director-General, is chosen from the academic community to provide technical assistance to the Institute and its programs. Both are appointed by the President upon recommendation by the Board of the Foreign Service Institute.


The Institute is composed of three major divisions, namely:


Administrative and Financial Services Division (AFSD)


Overall management and control of these three major divisions is the responsibility of the Office of the Director-General (ODG), supported by the following sections: Carlos P. Romulo Library, Publications Section, and Institutional Linkages Unit.




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Vol. IV, No. 5, March 2017. Kazakhstan's Role in the Community of Nations by Lloyd Alexander M. Adducul

Vol. IV, No. 4, February 2017. Combatting Infectious Diseases: The Zika Virus by Jeremy Dexter B. Mirasol

Vol. IV, No. 3, February 2017 Addressing Cyberspace Vulnerability: The ASEAN and the Philippines by RJ Marco Lorenzo C. Parcon

Special Issue No. 1, February 2017 ASEAN at 50 and the Philippine Chairmanship in 2017 by M.C. Abad, Jr

Vol. IV, No. 2, January 2017 RCEP and the Future of Asian Free Trade Agreements: A Philippine Perspective by Jovito Jose P. Katigbak

Vol. IV, No. 1, January 2017 Japan in 2016: Shifts in Domestic Politics amid Shifts in Regional Landscape  by Valerie Anne Jill I. Valero

Vol. III, No. 16, December 2016  In Retrospect: Assessing Obama’s Asia Rebalancing Strategy  by Uriel N. Galace

Vol. III, No. 15, December 2016   Distracted ASEAN? Where To For ASEAN Centrality?  by Joycee A. Teodoro

Vol. III, No. 14, November 2016 From Managing Disasters to Managing Risks: Key Efforts in the Philippines  by RJ Marco Lorenzo C. Parcon

Vol. III, No. 13, October 2016 A Decade of North Korea's Nuclear Tests and the Failure of Sanctions Regime  by Louie Dane Merced

Vol. III, No. 12, September 2016 Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding: Is There  A Need To Establish A Philippine National Branding Council?  by Maria Anna Rowena Luz G. Layador and Darlene V. Estrada

Vol. III, No. 11, August 2016. Globalizing MSMEs via B2B E-Commerce: Considerations for the Philippines  by Jovito Jose P. Katigbak

Vol. III, No. 10, July 2016. Financing the Sustainable Development Goals through Private  Sector Partnership  by Virgemarie A. Salazar and Jovito Jose P. Katigbak

Vol. III, No. 9, July 2016. Deliberate, Not Desperate: The Philippines' National Security Strategy on the West Philippine Sea by Julio S. Amador III and Edcel John A. Ibarra

Vol. III, No. 8, June 2016. Implications of the Philippines-Australia Comprehensive Partnership by Julio S. Amador III


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Volume 3, No. 3 (October 2016). Toward A Disaster Resilient Region: Examining US-ASEAN Cooperation On Disaster Management Under the Obama Administration by Virgemarie A. Salazar

Volume 3, No. 2 (July 2016). Philippine Cultural Diplomacy: Unraveling its Full Potential by Andrea Chloe A. Wong

Volume 3, No. 1 (June 2016). China Could and Should Learn a Lesson or Two from Africa in the Area of Peaceful Dispute Settlement by Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr.

Vol. II, Special Issue No. 2. Philippine Participation in UN Peace Operations by Raphael S.C. Hermoso and Louie A. Belleza

Vol. II, No. 3 (May 2015). Making Sense of the China Complex by Andrea Chloe A. Wong

Vol. II, No. 2, March 2015. Artificial Islands in the South China Sea and their Impact on Regional (In)security by Mary Fides A. Quintos

Vol. II, No. 1, February 2015. Implications of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) for the UN Charter by Dashell Yancha-Po

Vol. I, No. 6, November 2014. The Caliphate in the Era of Nation-States by Virgemarie A. Salazar

Vol. I, No. 5, October 2014. The Rise of Strategic Partnerships in East Asia by Julio S. Amador III

Vol. I, No. 4, September 2014. The Potentials and Limits of Philippines - South Korea Maritime Cooperation by Louie Dane C. Merced

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