Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Australia – Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (SOFVA) Approved! DFA, AFP Cheers!

Department of Foreign Affairs and the military on Tuesday welcomed the Senate's concurrence with the Philippines-Australia Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (SOVFA) with Australia.

The Senate has passed on third reading the resolution seeking to ratify the visiting forces agreement between the two countries.

"The Armed Forces of the Philippines welcomes the ratification of the SOVFA by the Senate. Australia is a key ally in this part of the region. SOVFA is mutually beneficial to both countries armed forces," Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, military spokesman said.

"It will further strengthen bilateral ties as we upgrade our soldiers' knowledge and skils particularly in the conduct of HADR (humanitarian assistance and disaster response)."

Burgos added this would strengthen "bilateral relationship" with Australia in view of "mutually contributing in the maintenance of peace and stability in the region" as the Philippines gears towards a minimum credible defense capability and reliable disaster response capacity.

The DFA described the agreement as "another milestone in the Philippine-Australian relations," saying it will lead to enhanced cooperation in capacity-building and training of armed forces between the two countries.

"While the 1995 Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] on Cooperative Defense Activities serves as the framework for bilateral defense and military cooperation, the SOVFA paves the way for enhanced cooperation in capacity-building and training of armed forces, interoperability to undertake humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations, counter-terrorism, border security, and maritime security," the statement said.

The statement said Australia had been assisting the Philippines in strengthening its maritime security capability with initiatives such as the Coast Watch South project and the joint Maritime Training Activity LUMBAS.

"These initiatives are expected to be further expanded and strengthened under the SOVFA," the statement added.

Senators voted 17-1 to ratify the SOVFA between the Philippines and Australia on third and final reading on Tuesday (July 24, 2012)

Inquirer.net 

6 comments:

  • Anonymous says:
    July 24, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Puwede po ba sabihin sa President ng Pilipinas na bilis bilisan ang pagbili ng mga 2 to 3 units of brand new Class Cutter Bertholf, 3 to 4 units of Medium Endurance Cutter, 1 to 2 units of US Arleigh Burke DDG-51 Destroyer, 1 to 2 units of cruisers, 3 to 5 units of Perry Hazard Class Frigates, 1 to 2 units of submarines, two squadron of TA 50 fighter jets, one squadron of F-35c fighter jets, land based radar and anti missile support around the Philippines, etc.

    Hindi ba puwedeng madaliin ng Philippines na bumili ng mga ganito at training ng mga Airforce and navy personnel. Para hindi naman tayo na babastos ng China. Tignan ninyo nag-squat na sila sa Spratlys at Bajo de Masinloc - ang kaya ba natin ay protest lang. Alam ninyo naman ang hirap magpaalis ng mga squatters lalo na kung ang squatter ay katulad ng China? Paano pa mapapaalis sila kung may mga structures na silang itinayo.

    God bless the Philippines!

  • Anonymous says:
    July 25, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    KASALANAN LAHAT TO NI PANDAK! FOR 10 years c baboy nakinabang ! Sana kunin na si pandak ni lucifer

  • Anonymous says:
    July 25, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    sa wakas!! ano kayo ngayon mga NPA!! dpat yan ang unahin ntn yang bwiset na yan!! ung bago mga bago armas sana sakanila dpat isampol!! di ko alam bkit nakapag tiis ang pilipino ng sampung taon ay na ko kung sampung taon na yun si pinoy sana malamang mababawasan na tlga ang nagugutom sa pinas at baka umasenso na tayo!! gago kasi pandak yan ang tagal mamatay lhat ng pilipino pangrap namin mamatay ka pandak ka!

  • Anonymous says:
    July 25, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    So currently, we have SOFVA and BALIKATAN....If an donly if Israel is not also in toruble with middle eastern countries, we could also have Military ties with them.

    Many of the Philippine military hardware are from Israel

  • Anonymous says:
    July 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Shut up about israel! They are nothing without western support you're ignorant! I grew up believing they're powerful small country without knowing they got western allies. They dont even believe Jesus !

  • Anonymous says:
    July 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Israel now also having good relation with China..baka nga pati military knowhows nila ay sharing na rin with China...

    delikado ang mundo kapag nangyari un...

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