US, PHL to work together to enhance regional security (Philippines News Agency)

The United States and the Philippines will continue to work together to enhance regional security in the Asia-Pacific.

This was the sense of the meeting between Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Pacific Command head Admiral Harry Harris Wednesday.

“The Secretary of National Defense and the Commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) shared the sense that the Philippines and the US will continue to work together to enhance regional security,” said Defense spokesman Dr. Peter Paul Galvez.

Along this line, both parties agreed that developing the capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is of paramount importance, specifically in the areas of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); command and control (C2); lift; and interdiction.

In addition to building the AFP’s capability, there was also an agreement to cooperate on information sharing through the crafting of a General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), Galvez added.

“Admiral Harris acknowledged that enhanced information sharing would further enhance inter-operability between the AFP and US PACOM,” he stressed. (PNA)