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Czechia and the Netherlands are looking to expand their defense cooperation.

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Malacanang announced on Thursday that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. intended to strengthen ties between the Philippines and the Netherlands and Czechia (Czech Republic) by pursuing deeper defense sector cooperation.

This came about after Marcos met privately on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium, outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-European Union (Asean-EU) Commemorative Summit, with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala.

According to a statement from Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS), during Marcos’ meeting with Rutte, the two leaders decided to strengthen ties between Manila and Amsterdam, notably in the areas of military and water management.

According to Garafil, Rutte asked Marcos to take part in two conferences in the Netherlands in 2023 on artificial intelligence and water management.

This comes as the Netherlands prepares to host a conference on the use of artificial intelligence in the military in February of 2019 that will bring together foreign ministers, defense ministers, and chiefs of state.

Another conference on water management and climate change adaptation is scheduled to take place in the Netherlands in March 2023.

For the Philippines’ armed forces, particularly in defending military networks from cyberattacks, Marcos told Rutte that cybersecurity is essential.

According to Marcos, who was cited by the OPS, “the cybersecurity element of our military is developing constantly.”

transfer of defense technology

In keeping with his administration’s commitment to supporting the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Marcos also requested assistance from the Czech Republic in the transfer of technology in the military industry.

During his bilateral discussion with Fiala, Marcos stated, “It’s something that has been very useful to the program of modernization that we are experiencing for defense forces in the Philippines, especially now that we are striving to boost the capabilities of our Coast Guard.”

According to Marcos, increasing the AFP’s defense production capabilities requires technology transfer.

But what would be much more intriguing than just the equipment is the transfer of technology from your nation to mine, allowing us to make some of the materials that are currently supplied by other nations and possibly used here. Make the Philippines the logistics hub for everything, he said.

the effects of climate change

The Philippines, one of the nations most impacted by extreme weather occurrences, will find the conference on water management and climate change adaptation in the Netherlands in March 2023 to be “extremely valuable,” according to Marcos.

This is because he concurred with Rutte that the Netherlands and the Philippines are vulnerable to the effects of climate change and rising sea levels.

“We are actually debating whether or not to establish a separate organization only for water management. According to Marcos, that appears to fall squarely within the Philippines’ area of concern. Every metropolitan and major municipality in the Philippines has a water crisis, whether they are aware of it or not, I tell our locals, [the] local executives.

Marcos has supported the establishment of a government agency to oversee water resources, stating that the issue with the nation’s water supply requires the most urgent fix.


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