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Data is the new form of currency in the business environment today. With the business climate challenged by the pandemic,ย  we must have a deeper understanding on how to protect the personal data that we collect and process by enrolling courses in data protection and privacy.ย 

Since January 2022, the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia and the Pacific has been offering Data Protection Officer (DPO) Foundational Course wherein participants can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending at least 3 out of the 4 lecture days and a Certification of Recognition if they pass the CRC assessment exam.

CRC has produced over 200 DPO Foundational Course graduates from local government units (LGUs), National Government Agencies (NGAs) , and various industries including banking, law, health, information technology, business process outsourcing, food and beverage manufacturing, and academe. Discover what our graduates say about the CRC DPO Foundational Course in this link.

As the research and communication arm of the University of Asia and the Pacific, our DPO course is backed by over 50 years of research and solid partnership development strategies across various businesses. At CRC, we go beyond the compliance to the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA). We go the extra mile by focusing on measures in implementing data security in your companies and organizations, with opportunities to further upskill your team through our training programs on data privacy and protection. At CRC, we can assure that you will have the competitive edge that will allow you to implement data security in your organization and operationalize the basic concepts of the DPA.

We also recognize that the new normal has ushered in new careers which are significant in todayโ€™s business environment. Our DPO Foundational Course is perfect for anyone who would like to pursue a career in data privacy and protection, suchย  as a Data Protection Officer, Compliance Officer for Privacy, and similar positions. This is also useful for any employee who handles and processes personal data.Our DPO Foundational Course is for anyone, because Data Protection is for everyone!

Beyond the DPO Foundational Course, we can also provide you with dynamic business solutions and develop a partnership with you to further your professional and organizational growth. We would be happy to help you with your business needs. We have a diverse pool of experts across our key fields of expertise, including infrastructure and industry, energy, transportation and logistics, food and agribusiness, health and wellness, digital technology and analytics, and education. Our business consultancy services include customized solutions for design thinking, data analytics and insights generation, and partnership development.

Our office can help you from business feasibility evaluation, to data protection and privacy, as well as providing upskilling and training services for your team.ย On top of that, we can also help you craft and conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment, which is crucial in todayโ€™s business climate, as well as develop ย ย Pre-Screening Check / Privacy Scanner ย as initial assessment whether your company is compliant to the DPA, Privacy Management Program, Incident or Breach Management, and customized data privacy workshops to match your companyโ€™s training needs.

Training Schedule
October 13, 14, 20, 21, & 27, 2023

Course Fee
Php 37, 500.00

Course Description

The DPO Foundational Course is a 4-day interactive โ€“ instructor-led training with course study material by subject matter experts and intensive writeshops on privacy impact assessment, privacy notice, advisory opinions, among others. It adheres to international standards such as ISOs and is a first step to becoming a practicing Data Privacy Officer. The lectures are conducted via Zoom.

An examination will be administered by the Center for Research and Communication on the afternoon of the 5th day of the training to assess what the participants have learned throughout the course.ย 

The examination will gauge the competencies of the students against the DPO Body of Knowledge with the following particular areas:

  1. Data Privacy Act of 2012 (RA 10173) and its Implementing Rules and Regulation
  2. The WHAT, WHY and HOW of Data Protection and implementing data security in the enterprise
  3. Duties, roles, responsibilities, and accountability of a Data Protection Officer
  4. Accountability and Responsibilities of the Enterprise in protecting its assets (specific to data
    in relation to personal data of its stakeholders)

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who attended at least 3 out of the 4 lecture days and a Certificate of Recognition if they pass the CRC assessment exam.


Atty. Jpee Hernandez

Atty. Jpee Hernandez is a former chief of staff of the National Privacy Commission Office of the Deputy Privacy C Atty. Ivy Patdu. Atty. Hernandez has been one of the sought-after resource speakers in training organizations about RA 10173. He gained his experience working as a Compliance and Data Privacy Officer for multinational publishing company Financial Times Electronic Publishing (Philippines), Inc. During his 9-year tenure with the company, he has developed expertise in systems and policy development, privacy impact assessments and harmonization of the European Unionโ€™s General Data Protection Regulation and the Philippineโ€™s Data Privacy Act to enable both laws to effectively make the company compliant. Currently, he is an Assistant Vice President and Deputy Data Protection Officer for one of the Philippineโ€™s biggest universal bank.

Atty. Karl John A. Baquiran

Atty. Karl Baquiran is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) which is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource responsible for developing and launching the only globally recognized credentialing programs in information privacy. He has about 17 years work experience in varying capacities in both the government and private sector particularly handling information technology, academe, financial and health operations. He is a former member of the Data Security and Compliance Office of the National Privacy Commission. He has been a resource speaker during awareness seminars, briefings and workshops involving compliance with Data Privacy regulations. Recently, he was recognized as an Accredited Privacy Trainer by the Commission under its Training-the-Trainers Program (T3P). Currently, he is conducting his private practices and serves as a consultant for the Ateneo de Manila University โ€“ University Data Protection Office while also involved in the compliance of several organizations to Data Privacy and Protection laws and regulations.

Who can enroll?
This course is recommended to any individual who aspires to be a Data Protection Officer, to have a career in data privacy, or to have a basic awareness and knowledge on data privacy especially those who use, process, and maintain personal data.

Registration Process
To reserve a slot, kindly follow the following steps:

1. Fill out the online registration form.
2. Wait for an email notification from CRC.
3. Provide the required information for the billing request and wait for the invoice.
4. Pay at least 50% of the course fee thru cash or bank transfer and email deposit slip or
proof of payment to CRC.
5. Wait for an email confirmation from CRC and the official receipt of your payment.

Discover what our graduates say about the CRC DPO Foundational and Certification Course in this link.

Course Outline



The Center for Research and Communication Foundation, Inc. (CRC) is the research and communication arm of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P). CRC also conducts in-house training for the DPO Foundational Course. For inquiries, email: [email protected].