Canada, Philippines sign MOU on military training
Canada’s ambassador to the Philippines Neil Reeder and AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Virgilio Domingo preside over the signing of an MOU on military training and cooperation between Canada and the Philippines.
Col. Michel Latouche (right), Canada’s defense attaché to the Philippines, and Col. Godfrey Julio, AFP Asst. Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Training, sign the Memorandum of Understanding on Military Training and Cooperation in Camp Aguinaldo, QC.
Canada and the Philippines today formalized their defense training cooperation program by signing a Memorandum of Understanding covering training opportunities for Filipino military personnel in Canada.
Canada’s ambassador to the Philippines Neil Reeder and acting AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Virgilio Domingo witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Camp Aguinaldo.
“I am pleased to witness today this important milestone in our countries’ defense cooperation program. Canada and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have enjoyed a strong military training partnership since1997, and today’s signing allows that partnership to continue and flourish even further” Ambassador Reeder said.
“I am proud to say that to date we have trained more than 150 Philippine military personnel in Canada from all major services of the AFP,” Ambassador Reeder added.
“I am confident this MOU will allow both countries to expand and strengthen an already excellent relationship, as was exemplified by the excellent spirit of cooperation demonstrated by our respective military personnel in response to Typhoon Yolanda.”
AFP personnel are provided opportunities to attend training courses offered by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in various military training facilities in the provinces of Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
Training courses that have been provided to the AFP in the past have included peacekeeping and UN Mission staff courses; senior management courses, national security program, language courses on English and French, command and staff courses, civil-military relations, public affairs, and Naval boarding party training for the Philippine Navy.
Selection of participants from the AFP is processed through the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Training (J8), Unit Training Division.
February 6, 2014
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