FORT ANDRES BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army shared its best practices in a command briefing, open forum and interaction with the visit of the student-officers of Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) of Sri Lanka here today.
The delegation of military international students, headed by Commodore AARK Perera USP PSC, the Chief Instructor of Naval Wing of the DSCSC, made a courtesy call on the Commanding General Philippine Army, LTGEN Eduardo M Año.
Col Jose C Faustino Jr, the Assistant Chief of Staff for Education and Training warmly welcomed the delegation. “We are indeed honored with your visit to the Philippine Army for this is a great opportunity for us to foster good relationship between our Armed Forces”, said Col Faustino.
“Your effort to deepen our defense cooperation is well-appreciated as this will further broaden our understanding of our respective military systems, and can serve as an avenue to exchange views, experiences and best practices between our respective defense establishments”, he added.
The 19-member delegation from the DSCSC of Sri Lanka arrived in the Philippines for their Overseas Study Tour on August 12.
The team is also expected to visit the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.
The Overseas Study Tour aims to develop mutual understanding and foster good relations through defense diplomacy with other nations. It is also an assessed activity for the DSCSC students in their Strategy Module with the broad theme to evaluate and analyze the elements of national power of the visited country in comparison with Sri Lanka.
It can be noted that the Philippine Army serves as a model to other armies in the ASEAN region, particularly in its Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) capabilities.
The DSCSC is the most prestigious and the highest seat of military education in Sri Lanka. It sets out to train Officers in basic command and staff techniques, and develop their intellectual attributes to cope with their future appointments and the challenges that comes with it.
Ensuring Unified Actions Among Joint Forces
International engagements like this is continuously being pursued by the Philippine Army.
Under the Army Operating Concept, the Philippine Army as a joint-ready and combined arms force, “will operate in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multi-national setting. As such the Army will endeavor to cooperate and collaborate with joint force, government and civilian partners locally and internationally. The Philippine Army, as part of the joint force, must be fully interoperable with other services in order to ensure unified action among joint forces.”