U.S., PHL launch Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement Project

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim cut the ribbon on the first major EDCA project, a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) warehouse, at Cesar Basa Air Base.

US AMBASSADOR Sung Y. Kim and Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana cut the ribbon on the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) at Cesar Basa Air Base, Pampanga, on January 29, 2019.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of construction on a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief warehouse, which will be used to preposition equipment and supplies critical to the U.S. and Philippines’ ability to respond quickly and effectively to humanitarian crises in the region.

US Ambassador Kim and Secretary Lorenzana toss coins at the Basa Air Bass HADR warehouse, symbolizing good luck and fortune for the newly constructed building.

“This project illustrates not only our commitment to the U.S.-Philippine alliance, but also both of our countries’ dedication to peace and stability in the larger Indo-Pacific region,” said Ambassador Kim.  “For over seven decades, our alliance has effectively addressed security issues in the region.”

EDCA builds capacity for U.S. forces and the Armed Forces of the Philippines by enabling greater interoperability, capability development, and modernization.

US Ambassador Kim delivers remarks at the ceremony unveiling the HADR warehouse.

The United States is working closely with the Philippine government on future EDCA projects at four other locations: Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation, Lumbia Air Base, Antonio Bautista Air Base, and Mactan Benito Ebuen Air Base.