APRIL 18-19, 2024


International Conference on Security & Safety

"Doing Business Amidst New Threats"

New World Makati Hotel, Philippines


PROTECT is the only government - private sector partnership for security in the Philippines. It is attended by senior government officials, business leaders, security experts and various stakeholders of the security sector. Launched in 2005 in partnership with the Anti-Terrorism Council, this event was in response to the increasing threats of terrorism that followed the 9-10 terrorist bombing of the New York World Trade Center. Recognizing that most critical infrastructures which are the hard targets of terrorists are owned and operated by the private sector, this government - private sector partnership was forged.

PROTECT initially focused on the protection of critical infrastructures from terrorist attacks. Over the years, the annual series anticipated the new emerging threats - from terrorism, to the global economic crisis, to natural disasters, to pandemics, to cyber attacks, to disruptive technologies, to data breaches, to cyber crimes. Last year's event which was scheduled to open on March 16, 2020, with National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana as keynote speaker was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The PROTECT annual conference provides an avenue for dialogue and network thinking among concerned government security officials, business leaders, and those responsible for the security and safety of business, the community and the citizenry. .



Past PROTECT Speakers

Ms. Maria Ressa

CEO, Rappler Inc., Former Bureau Chief, CNN Jakarta

Mr. Steve Cutler

Chairman, Overseas Security Advisory Council, Manila Country Council; Former FBI Agent

Dr. Rohan Gunaratna

Head, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Dr. Sanjay K. Srivastava

Regional Adviser on Disaster Risk Reduction United Nations Economic and Social Commission

Mr. Rommel Banlaoi

Chairman & Executive Director/ Head Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research/ Center for Intelligence and National Security Studies

Gen. Benjamin P. Defensor

Chairman, APEC Counter-Terrorism Task Force

Hon. Voltaire Gazmin

Secretary, Department of National Defense

Arch. Felino Palafox, Jr.

Principal Architect-Urban Planner, Founder and Managing Partner Palafox Associates