The “comprehensive and immediate response” of the United States government in the humanitarian and emergency needs of the victims of Typhoon Yolanda highlighted the “areas of cooperation” that are included in the framework agreement for increased rotational presence, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said.
During his speech at the 2013 Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance at the Ateneo de Manila University, the secretary maintained that the framework agreement will benefit both Manila and Washington, and is also in accordance with the Philippine Constitution.
The framework agreement will allow an increase in American boots in the Philippines to help in the modernization of the military and the establishment of a minimum credible defense posture through training and joint activities.
The framework agreement also works towards enhancing the Philippine military’s capability in maritime domain awareness, maritime security, humanitarian relief operations and disaster response.
Both teams–Philippines and US–have already finished with four rounds of talk, but reached an impasse after an unclear provision to allow Filipino control of the temporary bases that will be set up under the agreement.
“We hope to see its conclusion at the earliest possible time,” del Rosario said. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON