Philippines, Brunei meet to discuss defence cooperation
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Defence (MinDef) and the Department of National Defense of the Philippines held its eighth Joint Defence Working Committee (JDWC) meeting at the Bolkiah Garrison on Thursday.
According to a release posted on the ministry’s website, Permanent Secretary of Defence Datin Paduka Hjh Suriyah Hj Umar and the Philippines Undersecretary for Defense Policy cum Acting Undersecretary of National Defense Ricardo Aguirre David Jr co-chaired the meeting.
Defence officials from both countries exchanged perspectives on regional security matters, which included recent updates on maritime security, counter-terrorism and other non-traditional security issues.
Both sides firmly acknowledged the utility of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM-Plus in promoting practical cooperation and trust among defence forces in the region.
Representatives from the Philippines also gave an update on the peace progress and the situation in Mindanao.
The two sides also examined avenues that would further promote Brunei-Philippines bilateral defence relations through exchanges of visits, participations in each other’s education and training activities, the conduct of military exercises and the hosting of intelligence exchanges.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Defence First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz Hj Mohd Tamit received a call from the Philippines undersecretary for defence policy on Thursday.
During the call, they discussed issues of mutual concern as well as expressed their satisfaction on the cordial and warm defence relations between the two countries, as manifested by the frequent high level exchanges of visits and reciprocal participation of military courses in each other’s military institutions.
The JDWC between Brunei and the Philippines was established through the memorandum of understanding on defence cooperation signed in 2001.
The next JDWC meeting will take place in the Philippines. – Amanda Yap
The Brunei Times