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Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:10:53 AM »
Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins

(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.
Carmela Fonbuena
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Published 7:30 AM, April 17, 2018
Updated 10:27 PM, April 17, 2018

https://www.rappler.com/nation/200383-edca-us-philippines-military-deal-basa-air-base?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nation

PAMPANGA, Philippines (UPDATED) A military deal signed between the Philippines and the US in 2014 finally proceeds with the construction of the first facility in Basa Air Base in Pampanga in northern Luzon.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.

The site will feature a multi-purpose warehouse that will primarily store assets for humanitarian assistance and disaster response, the current focus of the Philippines-US partnership.

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Last year, the Armed Forces of the Philippines asked Congress for money to fund initial ground work to implement the agreement. (READ: PH military asks Congress for P124 million counterpart fund)

Basa Air Base is one of 5 locations that had been previously identified as EDCA sites. The other 4 are the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City, Camp Bautista in Palawan, Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, and Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro.

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"Im very pleased with the state of our alliance in general. Our exercises are continuing. Planning for Balikatan this year has been well underway fo rmany months now. I expect that it will be a very productive exercise this year as it was last year," Kim told Rappler.