PH, ROK defense vice ministers convene 3rd JDCC Meeting, strengthen regional partnership
Tue | April 30, 2024

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April 26, 2024 (Quezon City) – The Department of National Defense (DND) hosted a delegation from the Ministry of National Defense of Republic of Korea (ROK), headed by Hon. Kim Seon-ho, Vice Minister of National Defense, for the third iteration of the Joint Defense Cooperation Committee (JDCC) Meeting.

The Philippine co-chair of the JDCC Meeting, DND Senior Undersecretary Irineo C. Espino, welcomed Vice Minister Kim during his two-day visit to the Philippines from April 25 to 26, as the two countries marked this year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

During the meeting, Senior Undersecretary Espino underscored that the JDCC, now on its third iteration, "is a manifestation of our commitment to usher the practical implementation of the MOU (concerning Cooperation in the Field of Defense), continuing to stand side-by-side, proud of our shared history, and united by the mutual goal to uphold the security and stability of our nations and the broader region.”

Recalling the Philippines’ contribution in the Korean War, Vice Minister Kim reaffirmed ROK’s commitment to upholding international law, and assisting the Philippines in its defense capability upgrade to address security challenges in the region.

Such support was well-received by Senior Undersecretary Espino as the Philippines implements the Comprehensive Archipelagic Defense Concept (CADC), wherein the AFP transitions into a force capable of ensuring external defense while also contributing to regional peace and security. Senior Undersecretary Espino indicated that the Philippine Navy's two frigates, the BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna, along with the Pohang-class corvette “Chungju” – now BRP Conrado Yap – are already contributing to this effort.

Other matters discussed during the JDCC Meeting were exchanges on security developments on the West Philippine Sea and the Korean peninsula, education and training opportunities, multilateral cooperation under the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)-Plus, and contributions to the United Nations Command.

Earlier this year, Secretary of National Defense Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. attended the Opening Ceremony of the Black Eagles Airshow on March 3, 2024, which kick-started the commemorative activities for the 75th anniversary of Philippines-ROK bilateral relations. The said event featured a friendship flight between the FA-50s of the Philippine Air Force and the Black Eagles Aerobatics Team from the ROK Air Force.