CGPA, Japan Ground Self Defense Force Chief of Staff bolster Army-to-Army ties

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The Commanding General, Philippine Army (CGPA) Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., and Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Chief of Staff Gen. Yoshida Yoshihide held a virtual bilateral talk on April 20, 2022, aimed at deepening cooperation for capacity-building between the two armies.

Gen. Yoshida informed Lt. Gen. Brawner about the successful ministerial meeting of Philippine and Japanese foreign affairs and defense officials on April 9, 2022, geared at deepening the Philippine-Japan security partnership.

The two Army leaders discussed deepening cooperation for capacity-building. Gen. Yoshida also invited Lt. Gen. Brawner to visit Japan to sign the revised Philippine Army-Philippine Marine Corps-JGSDF (PA-PA-JGSDF) Terms of Reference.

Lt. Gen. Brawner, for his part, thanked Gen. Yoshida for his commitment to strengthening relations between the two armies, particularly Japan’s equipment donation that bolstered the humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) of the Philippine Army.

It can be recalled that the Japanese government, through its Ministry of Defense, donated in October 2021 nearly P50 million worth of water search-and-rescue (WASAR) and collapsed structure search-and-rescue (CSSR) equipment for the 525th Engineer Combat Battalion (525ECB), the Army’s primary disaster-response unit. 525ECB disaster-response teams and their Japanese counterparts held week-long WASAR and CSSR training drills in November 2021. — PA

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