A joint Philippine-US investigation team is continuing the search for some 80 US soldiers missing since World War II in various parts of the Philippines.
In an article posted on its website, the US Embassy said the US Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) based in Honolulu is leading the efforts.
"The current search efforts, which will span April and May, will be concentrated in the Mindoro province in Luzon and Leyte province in the Visayas. The team hopes to locate sites for future recovery operations," it said.
Last January, the teams conducted preliminary investigations in Metro Manila and in Central, Northern and Southern Luzon.
JPAC activities are "closely coordinated with and facilitated" by Philippine agencies including:
- Departments of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Health, Interior and Local Government, Environment and Natural Resources
- National Museum of the Philippines
- Bureaus of Customs and Immigration
- Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement
- National Bureau of Investigation
- National Commission on Indigenous People
- Armed Forces of the Philippines
- Philippine National Police
The embassy added “the joint investigations follow the signing of a Statement of Intent on June 3, 2011 between the United States and the Philippines to collaborate in researching, investigating, recovering, and conducting forensic reviews of American POW and MIA remains."