Philippines, US to add more security cooperation activities next year

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Posted at Sep 29 2018 11:09 PM | Updated as of Sep 29 2018 11:10 PM

Philippine and US marines participate in an annual joint military exercise in May. According to an AFP statement released on Friday, The two countries agreed on 281 security cooperation activities for 2019, an increase from 261 activities this year. File/Ted Aljibe, AFP​

US Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. Philip Davidson and AFP chief of staff General Carlito Galvez sign agreements on security cooperation activities for 2019. Handout

MANILA—The Philippines and United States have agreed to increase military activities for next year, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.

The two countries agreed on 281 security cooperation activities for 2019, an increase from 261 activities this year, the AFP said in a statement.

The activities were approved by AFP chief Gen. Carlito Galvez and US Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. Philip Davidson on Thursday during an annual meeting of the Mutual Defense Board (MDB) and Security Engagement Board (SEB) at Camp Aguinaldo.

"We have been doing this year after year, and yet there is still so much left to learn. We hope that this year would be another fruitful interaction that will lead to favorable outcome. May our discussions lead to actions, and may these actions thereby lead us to success," Galvez said in a statement.

Before the MDB-SEB meeting the military chief co-chairs, Davidson paid a courtesy call to Galvez.

"During the visit, matters of mutual interest were discussed including the strength of the US-Philippine partnership and the importance of the U.S-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region," said Col. Noel Detoyato, chief of AFP's Public Affairs Office.