More training exercises between Aussie, PH forces
MANILA – Expect more training exercises between the Philippines and Australia, as Operation Augury transitions into an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Program on December 1.
Arsenio Andolong, spokesperson of the Department of National Defense (DND), said the measure will result in quicker and more frequent training between forces of the two nations.
“If you read the statement, puro training ang kanilang pinaka-thrust nila ngayon, magsi-share sila ng skills enhancement saka magko-commit sila na (their main thrust now is more on trainings. They will also share their skills enhancement measures and commit) to conduct training and activities with our Armed Forces,” Andolong said.
This commitment is attributable to Australia’s security stake in Southeast Asia and their desire to raise their engagement to a higher level, he added.