PH and Spain Sign MOU on Defense Cooperation

The Philippines and Spain has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation last October 3, 2011. This was the highlight of the visit of Spain’s Secretary of State for Defense Constantino Mendez Martinez who arrived in Manila on October 2 for a 5-day working visit.

The result of years of negotiations between the defense departments of the two countries, the MOU is meant to enhance defense cooperation between Philippines and Spain. Among the mechanisms identified in the MOU are a defense and security dialogue, exchange of visits, personnel and information as well as identification of opportunities in areas such as education and training exchanges, logistics, defense industry, counter-terrorism, humanitarian aid and relief.

Philippines Undersecretary of National Defense Honorio S. Azcueta and Secretary Martinez inked the document with Secretary of National Defense Voltaire T. Gazmin and Spain’s Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Domecq witnessing the signing.

The navies of the two states entered into an MOU for enhancing naval exchanges in 1996. Spain in 2010 has posted a defense and armed forces attaché in Manila. The Philippines will deploy its defense attaché in Madrid in early part of next year.