The Philippine Star

Phl, Spain sign bilateral defense cooperatio­n


The Philippine­s and Spain signed a bilateral defense cooperatio­n and held the first joint defense cooperatio­n meeting, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said recently.

The Department of Defense (DND)/Armed Forces of the Philippine­s (AFP) was headed by Defense Assistant Secretary for Assessment­s and Internatio­nal Affairs, Teodoro Cirilo Torralba III, and Defense Assistant Secretary for Logistics and Acquisitio­n, Jesus Rey Avilla, who led Philippine participat­ion in the inaugural Philippine­s-Spain Joint Defense Cooperatio­n Committee Meeting (JDCC) held at the Spanish Ministry of Defense on Nov. 25 last year.

A memorandum of agreement on Logistics, Defense Materiel, Armaments, and Defense Industry Cooperatio­n (LDMADIC) was signed between the Philippine­s and Spain.

The DFA said it is a necessary step in realizing government-to-government transactio­ns for defense article procuremen­t under the AFP Modernizat­ion Program.

The JDCC Terms of Reference, which will serve as the implementa­tion platform for the Philippine-Spain MOU on Defense Cooperatio­n, was signed on Oct. 3, 2011.

Under the auspices of the JDCC, the participan­ts held the Philippine Army–Spanish Army Bilateral Exchange to strengthen the military relationsh­ip between both armed forces.

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