From Update Philippines (Jun 26): Czech Republic, Philippines forge Defense Cooperation Agreement
The Republic of the Philippines and Czech Republic have entered into a Defense Cooperation Agreement. The historic signing of agreement was conducted in Prague on May 29 2017.
Undersecretary for Defense Policy Ricardo A. David Jr. signed the agreement in behalf of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, while Deputy Minister for Defense Policy and Strategy Division Jakub Landovsky signed for the Czech side.
“Convinced that bilateral cooperation shall help both countries in the understanding of their respective military issues and consolidate defense capabilities, the two countries signed the agreement at the Czech Ministry of Defense in Prague,” the Department of National Defense (DND) said.
“The cooperation aims to develop Defense and Security Policy, Procurement Policy and Defense Industry, Defense Logistics, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Operations, Compliance to Treaties on Defense, Security and Arms Control, Armed Forces Organization, Structure, Equipment and Personnel Management, Military Training and Education and other activities as may be agreed upon,” DND added.
DND said defense cooperation between two nations is not entirely new.
“During World War II, Czech shoe makers from Bata Industry in Manila volunteered to join the USAFFE and fought alongside Filipino and American forces against the Japanese,” DND said.