Since 2006, the Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Security Sector Governance (IPF-SSG) in Southeast Asia has aimed to promote ongoing dialogue and exchange of good practices among members of parliament in Southeast Asian countries. The Forum aims to enhance civilian oversight, public accountability and national parliamentary involvement in security sector governance and features regular workshops, publications, its own website, and activities of national caucuses in participating countries. Participants include parliamentarians and staffers, as well as government officials, members of security forces, academic experts and civil society representatives from several Southeast Asian countries. Supported by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control (DCAF) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the Forum is led by a Steering Committee consisting of a chair, secretary and members of parliament of participating Southeast Asian countries.
•To promote the parliamentary dimension of security sector governance in Southeast Asia;
•To promote an improved understanding of the role that parliaments can play in security sector governance;
•To foster a regional dialogue on the role of parliaments in security sector governance; and
About the IPF-SSG Secretary-General
Dr. Mario “Mayong” J. Aguja serves as the IPF-SSG Secretary-General and is currently a Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Mindanao State University, General Santos City (MSU-GenSan), in the Philippines. He studied AB Sociology at the MSU-GenSan and earned his master’s degree in Sociology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He earned a doctorate degree in International Cooperation Studies at the Graduate School of International Development at Nagoya University, Japan. Professor Aguja is one of the founding members of the Akbayan Citizen’s Action Party and was a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippine Congress from 2002-2004 and 2004-2007, which is how he became initially involved in the IPF-SSG. He is additionally actively involved as a short-term consultant on security sector governance in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar, and serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Security Reform Imitative (SRI), Philippines.