PH, Cambodia ink pacts on culture, defense

Cambodian and Philippine governments on Wednesday signed agreements on defense and preservation of culture and arts during their 2nd Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) held in Manila.

Signing the Agreement on the Prevention of Looting and Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property were Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and National Commission for Culture and the Arts Chairman Virgilio Almario in Marriott Hotel. This is in line with the implementation of the Philippines-Cambodia Agreement on Culture that was signed in June 2015.

Meanwhile, signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation were Department of National Defense Undersecretary Ricardo David Jr. and Neang Phat, Secretary of State for the Cambodian Ministry of Defense.

During his opening remarks, Foreign Minister Sokhonn said his meeting with Cayetano further explores collaborative measures “to bring prosperity” between the two governments.

In his statement, he said the latest engagement between Phnom Penh and Manila “no doubt contribute to the strengthening of ASEAN community.”

The 2nd JCBC followed the two nations’ first JCBC held last December 2011 in Phnom Penh.

Philippines and Cambodia’s celebrated its 60 years of diplomatic relationship this year, coinciding with the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).