Philippines, Indonesia agree to enhance defense and security cooperation

Published April 26, 2019, 9:42 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Francis Wakefield

The Philippines and Indonesia agreed to level up its cooperation both in the strategic and operational level to keep up with the evolving nature of threats and better contribute to preserving regional security.

DND public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)
DND Public Affairs Chief Arsenio Andolong

This came about after the Department of National Defense (DND) hosted the 9th Meeting of the Philippines-Indonesia Joint Defense and Security Cooperation Committee (JDSCC), a bilateral dialogue mechanism for the defense establishments of the Philippines and Indonesia, held in Manila on Tuesday (April 23, 2019).

Director Arsenio R. Andolong, the Chief of the DND’s Public Affairs Service, said both countries also expressed willingness to explore new opportunities for joint development, including in countering terrorism and violent extremism, maritime security, and defense industry, among others.

“The exchange of perspectives on a range of security issues and lines of efforts put into perspective the significance of the two countries’ close defense relations and active participation in sub-regional and multilateral initiatives,” Andolong said in a statement.

Andolong said the Philippine and Indonesian delegations were led by DND Undersecretary for Defense Operations Cesar Yano and Director General for Defence Strategy Major General Rizerius Eko Hadisancoko.

“(Both) the Philippine and Indonesian sides noted with satisfaction the long-standing relations between the two countries, which have witnessed effective partnership in various aspects,” Andolong said.

The DND official said both countries reaffirmed their mutual commitment to further strengthen its bilateral defense cooperation, which is being implemented under the 1997 Agreement on Cooperative Activities in the Field of Defense and Security.

“The Philippine and Indonesian sides welcomed the endeavors of both countries’ Armed Forces and agreed to sustain exchange of visits, education and skills training, etc,” Andolong said.

The DND said the 10th JDSCC Meeting to be hosted by Indonesia is tentatively set later this year.