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Philippine Armed Force Allows US to Access Four New Military Bases

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Philippine Armed Force Allows US to Access Four New Military Bases

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Philippine Armed Force Allows US Military to Access Four New Military Bases
Philippine Armed Force Allows US Military to Access Four New Military Bases

The United States stands steadfastly in support of the Philippines as they announced plans today to expand the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Arrangement (EDCA) to include four new sites: Naval Base Camilo Osias in Santa Ana, Cagayan; Camp Melchor Dela Cruz in Gamu, Isabela; Balabac Island in Palawan; and Lal-lo Airport in Cagayan. The naming of these locations follows a February 2023 announcement in which the United States and the Philippines committed to designate four new EDCA sites in strategic areas of the Philippines.

In addition to the five existing sites, these new locations will strengthen the interoperability of the U.S. and Philippine Armed Forces and allow us to respond more seamlessly together to address a range of shared challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, including natural and humanitarian disasters. The Department of Defense will work in lockstep with the Philippine Department of National Defense and Armed Forces to rapidly pursue modernization projects at these locations.

Philippine and U.S. soldiers discuss the future construction of a new community health care center in preparation for exercise Balikatan 23 in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, March 27, 2023.
Philippine and U.S. soldiers discuss the future construction of a new community health care center in preparation for exercise Balikatan 23 in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, March 27, 2023. (Photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Samuel Fletcher)

The Department intends to expand funding on top of the $82 million they have already allocated toward infrastructure investments at the existing EDCA sites. These investments will also spur economic growth and job opportunities in their respective provinces. The United States is committed to ensuring its activities around EDCA sites are responsive to the needs and priorities of local communities. The United States and the Philippines have stood shoulder-to-shoulder as friends and allies for more than seven decades.

U.S.-Philippine relations are based on strong historical and cultural linkages and a shared commitment to democracy and human rights. The 1951 U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty provides a strong foundation for our robust post-World War II security partnership. The United States announced plans to expand new military sites in the Philippines under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the two nations, which went into effect on Feb. 1.

Philippine Armed Force Allows US Military to Access Four New Military Bases
U.S. Marines and Filipino contractors offload equipment from USNS Dahl in preparation for exercise Balikatan 23 at the Port of Subic Bay, the Philippines, March 26, 2023. (Photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joseph E. DeMarcus)

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