Czech, Philippines hold inaugural Joint Defense Committee meeting

The Philippines and Czech Republic has conducted their first Joint Defense Committee (JDC) meeting from May 6 to 9 in Prague. The JDC was co-chaired by Philippine Defense Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna and Czech Defense Vice Minister Jakub Landovský.

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The Philippine Embassy in Czech said that during the first JDC meeting the two parties discussed prospects of further enhancing bilateral defense cooperation, exchanged information on plans for the development of armed forces, discussed potential joint defense industrial projects, as well as exchanged views on security situation in Europe and Southeast Asia.

“The Inaugural Joint Defense Consultations hosted by the Czech Ministry of Defense included several industry briefing and visits to plants of Czech defense industry such as Aura Company, CZUB, Excalibur Army, Aero Vodochody and SVOS Company. Ambassador [Ombra T.] Jainal  joined most of the industry visits for follow-up action,” the embassy added.

The Philippines and Czech signed a Defense Cooperation agreement on May 29, 2017.

It can also be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte said during the presentation of credentials of Czech Republic Ambassador to Philippines Jana Sediva in January that the Philippines is looking into acquiring small-arms from Czech.