Philippines, US forges an agreement on aeronautical, maritime search and rescue

The Philippine-US Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (AMSAR) Agreement was signed on July 30 by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. and US Embassy Chargé d’affaires John C. Law.

The AMSAR Agreement establishes boundaries between the Philippines and the United States in terms of search and rescue operations.

It promotes closer bilateral cooperation in the fields of marine and aeronautical search and rescue, increasing the efficacy of both countries in assisting people, vessels, aircraft, and other craft in difficulty.

The AMSAR agreement was negotiated on September 25 and 26 by the Departments of Transportation (DOTr) and Foreign Affairs, with assistance from the Philippine Coast Guard, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the National Coast Watch Center, and the Department of National Defense.

The signing of the pact demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to respecting its international treaty and convention responsibilities.

Simultaneously, it will assist the Philippines improve its ability to perform search and rescue operations and save lives.

The signing was witnessed by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, who was in Manila on a visit, and Philippine Coast Guard Vice Admiral Eduardo D. Fabricante. It is another significant milestone in the bilateral relationship between the Philippines and the United States, which is commemorating its 75th anniversary this year.

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