Defense Chief continues visits to EDCA Sites

August 17, 2023

Secretary of National Defense (SND) Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr., accompanied by officials from the Department of National Defense and Armed Forces of the Philippines, as well as local government executives, visited four Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) projects in two EDCA site locations in Camp Melchor Dela Cruz, Gamu, Isabela, and Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, on August 15, 2023, as part of his commitment to strengthen the country’s defense capabilities and foster closer ties with military personnel and local communities.

The visit provided an opportunity to assess the status of the ongoing developments in the aforementioned bases.

The SND expressed the importance of prioritizing the development of facilities in the existing EDCA sites and additional agreed locations under the agreement, and highlighted their purpose of fortifying the country’s internal and credible deterrent stance.

“These Philippine bases with EDCA facilities are purely for our internal credible deterrent posture. And not only here. We have to develop Philippine bases throughout the perimeters of the archipelago in order to secure our territory not only now but also for the future,” Teodoro said.

Secretary Teodoro’s visits began in Cagayan earlier this month. He is poised to continue his visits to other military bases and the other existing EDCA sites and additional agreed locations. 

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