Navy officials from 23 countries held a workshop in Manila on Tuesday to discuss issues that would be taken up during the Western Pacific Naval Symposium to be held in Manila in May.
Among those who attended the workshop were officials from the United States and China, according to Lt. Cdr. Maria Christina Roxas, spokesman for the Philippine Navy.
Rear Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, the Philippine Navy flag officer in command, said the upcoming symposium would enhance naval cooperation and “establish maritime security initiatives among the Western Pacific navies.”
The preliminary workshop, Bacordo said, would serve as an “avenue” to prepare as well as discuss issues connected to the symposium.
The symposium will be joined by Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, the US and Vietnam. Dempsey Reyes