Inaugural ADMM-Plus

Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire T. Gazmin, took part in the 1st Defense Ministers’ Summit of ASEAN member states and ASEAN’s 8 dialogue partners. The ASEAN states include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and the 8 dialogue partners are Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. Called the ASEAN defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus, the summit was held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 12 October 2010.

The ADMM-Plus is meant to enhance cooperation between ASEAN and its dialogue partners in the areas of maritime security, terrorism, peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and military medicine. In the meeting, the Ministers shared their views on pressing regional security concerns and discussed the direction of future practical cooperation of the ADMM-Plus. Secretary Gazmin shared with the other Defense Ministers the security outlook contained in the recently-issued DND’s Defense Policy Paper entitled, “The Department of National Defense: Meeting the Challenges to Philippine Defense and Security”. 

It was in 2006 when the ASEAN Defense Ministers first met in a formal meeting. Four years later, a decision was made to engage ASEAN’s dialogue partners; the result is the ADMM-Plus Meeting. A day prior to the ADMM-Plus, ASEAN Defense Ministers, met in a retreat to prepare for the inaugural ADMM-Plus Meeting. 

Secretary Gazmin also met with his counterparts from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam at the sidelines of the ADMM Retreat and the ADMM-Plus Meeting. 

The SND subsequently participated in the first Putrajaya Forum, an international Defense and Security Conference organized by the Malaysian Institute of Defense and Security (MiDAS). The forum aims to promote solutions on regional defense and security issues through sharing of knowledge, perspectives, and discussion among participants. With the theme, “Emerging Regional Security Architecture”, the forum underscored the role of major powers in Asia Pacific and the current developments towards enhancing regional defense cooperation in the emerging security environment. 

Secretary Gazmin was part in the panel of speakers which opened the Forum. In his remarks, Secretary Gazmin argued that the strategic interest of major powers is to keep the region stable, peaceful and developed; hence major powers are more disposed towards cooperation rather than conflict. The panel was composed of Brunei’s Deputy Minister of Defence Dato Paduka Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, Malaysia’s Minister of Defence Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi, and Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Teo Chee Hean.