ALYANSA PINAGTIBAY NG AFP, USINDOPACOM SA GITNA NG PANDEMYA

Ni Joan Alcantara
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LUNGSOD NG QUEZON — Siniguro ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ang patuloy na malakas na alyansa ng Sandatahan at United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) sa Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board Meeting nitong Oktubre 29.

Napag-usapan ang epekto ng COVID-19 sa schedule ng activities at engagements ng Pilipinas at Amerika para sa taong 2021, kasama na ang Balikatan exercises.

Kaugnay nito, tinitingnan ang pagbabawas sa bilang ng exercises at paggamit ng training bubbles.

Binigyang-diin din ng AFP ang kahalagahan ng paggamit ng mga lokasyon at iba pang resources sa ilalim ng Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement upang masiguro ang epektibong pagresponde sa iba’t ibang mission areas.

“We view the alliance as a strong and resilient partnership that needs to be responsive to the ever changing security environment,” pahayag ni AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay.

Isinasagawa ang pagpupulong taun-taon para sa security cooperation at strategic vision ng alyansa ng dalawang bansa sa ilalim ng 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty.

“The United States and the Philippines remain steadfast allies in our pursuit of regional peace and stability. Our close cooperation ensures our forces are interoperable and a formidable force for stability throughout the region while further strengthening the ties that make us such close friends, allies, and partners,” pahayag naman ni USINDOPACOM Commander Admiral Philip Davidson.

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