August 2, 2021

The Philippines and the United States have signed an agreement on aeronautical and marine search and rescue.

On July 30, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. and the United States Embassy Chargé d’affaires John C. Law signed the Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (AMSAR) Agreement between the Philippines and the United States.

Under the terms of the AMSAR Agreement, delimitations between the search and rescue areas of the Philippines and the United States are established.

It promotes greater bilateral cooperation in the fields of maritime and aeronautical search and rescue, as well as increases the efficiency of both nations in helping people, vessels, aircraft, and other vessels in trouble on the high seas and in the air.

AMSAR negotiations took place between the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Foreign Affairs from September 25 to 26, 2018, with assistance from the Philippine Coast Guard, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, National Coast Watch Center, and the Department of National Defense. The agreement was signed on September 26, 2018.

When the agreement is signed, it will serve as a tangible demonstration of the Philippines’ commitment to fulfilling its responsibilities under international agreements and conventions.

The Philippines’ capacity to undertake search and rescue operations will be enhanced as a result of this initiative, which will assist save lives.

It was witnessed by Vice Admiral Eduardo D. Fabricante of the Philippine Coast Guard and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, who was in Manila on a state visit at the time of the signing. It is yet another significant milestone in the 75-year history of bilateral ties between the Philippines and the United States.

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