Annual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board Reinforces Philippines-U.S. Alliance

September 28, 2018



CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – General Carlito Galvez, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, led the 2018 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) meeting, Thursday, 27 September 2018 at Tejeros Hall, AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.


General Galvez and Admiral Davidson’s meeting resulted in the successful completion of this year’s MDB-SEB meeting, ensuring continued, robust relations between the Philippines and the U.S. militaries.  The Philippines and U.S. agreed on 281 security cooperation activities for 2019, an increase over 2018.


"We have been doing this year after year and yet there is still so much left to learn. We hope that this year would be another fruitful interaction that will lead to favorable outcome. May our discussions lead to actions, and may these actions thereby lead us to success," General Galvez said.


Both the Philippines and the U.S. look forward to ongoing, close cooperation in areas central to our national and security interests, including counterterrorism, maritime security, cyber security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and many others. 


The MDB was established in 1958 and the SEB was established in 2006.  The two boards together form the annual MDB-SEB meeting, which coordinates a framework for defense and security cooperation between the Philippine and U.S. militaries

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