(5 June 2023, Singapore) Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Medardo G. Macaraig hosts a dinner reception for the Philippine delegates to the just concluded 20th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue on 4 June 2023 at the Official Residence.
Led by Senior Undersecretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Officer-in-Charge of the Department of National Defense, the high-level Philippine delegation was composed of General Andres Centino, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Senator Loren Legarda, Senate President Pro Tempore as well as officials from the DND, AFP, Philippine Coast Guard, Office of Senator Legarda and the Philippine Embassy.
During this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue, members of the Philippine delegation held meetings with foreign counterparts and senior officials of key and strategic bilateral partners, defense institutions and think tanks, as well as spoke at the following sessions at Asia’s premier defense and security conference:
- Senior Undersecretary Carlito Galvez Jr., OIC, DND at the Second Plenary Session on Building a Stable and Balanced Asia-Pacific;
- General Andres C. Centino, CSAFP at Session 2 on Challenges of Asia-Pacific Military Capability Development; and
- Senator Loren Legarda at Session 4: Balancing Asia-Pacific Minilateralism and ASEAN Centrality.
In addition, the Philippine delegation was also able to sign the following bilateral agreements with Singapore and Sweden on the following:
- Arrangement between the Department of National Defense of the Republic of the Philippines and the Ministry of Defence of Singapore Concerning the Conduct of Education, Training Assistance and Support Activities on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief; and
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden Concerning Cooperation in the Acquisition of Defence Materiel.
For more information on the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, please visit: https://www.iiss.org/events/shangri-la-dialogue/shangri-la-dialogue-2023/