US, PHL sign Aeronautical, Maritime Search and Rescue Agreement


Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. and U.S. Embassy Chargé d’affaires John C. Law signed the Philippine-United States Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (AMSAR) Agreement on 30 July 2021.

The AMSAR Agreement provides delimitations on the search and rescue regions of the Philippines and the United States. It fosters stronger bilateral cooperation in the field of maritime and aeronautical search and rescue and enhances both countries’ effectiveness in assisting persons, vessels, aircraft or other craft in distress.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, with support from the Philippine Coast Guard, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the National Coast Watch Center, and the Department of National Defense, negotiated the AMSAR agreement from 25 to 26 September 2018.


The signing of the agreement stands as proof of the Philippines’ commitment to upholding its obligations under international conventions and treaties. At the same time, it will help boost the Philippines’ capability to conduct search and rescue operations and save lives.

The signing was witnessed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, who was in Manila for a visit, and Vice Admiral Eduardo D. Fabricante of the Philippine Coast Guard. It is another milestone in PH-US bilateral relations which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. DFA.GOV.PH