MANILA - In a move seen to strengthen ties on important fronts, representatives from the Philippines and Canada held the first meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) last Tuesday.
In a joint statement, the two nations said they discussed three key pillars of mutual interest: trade and economic cooperation; political relations, governance and human rights; and, security cooperation, labor and technical cooperation, regional and bilateral issues.
“The outcome of these discussions will serve as a blueprint for constructive engagement over the next two years leading to the next JCBC meeting in Canada in 2015,” the two nations said in a statement released by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The JCBC was established during the June 2012 visit of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to Ottawa.
A month later, Minister John Baird visited Manila. Prime Minister Stephen Harper followed suit in November 2012.
“These visits emphasized the strengthening relations between Canada and the Philippines and the first JCBC meeting marks a new stage in cooperation between the Philippines and Canada,” the statement read.