Manila, Philippines– Undersecretary Edmund S. Tayao of the National Coast Watch Council Secretariat (Secretariat) was invited as a Keynote Speaker in the first Maritime Peace and Seapower Dialogue with the theme “Avoiding War through Promoting Calm and Stable Seas,” held on 03 March 2023 at the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo.  It was organized by the Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense, Development, and Security (PCEDS) of the NDCP in collaboration with the Australian Embassy in Manila.

The dialogue provided an avenue for practitioners, experts from the academe, and civil society leaders to discuss common maritime security concerns and generate policy ideas and practical solutions that may be considered by the governments and regional organizations in promoting maritime peace and regional security in the Indo-Pacific.