Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said on Monday that an American military facility will be built at the former Lumbia domestic airport in Cagayan de Oro as part of the country’s Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (Edca) with the USA.
Gazmin, who was the guest of honour during Monday’s 46th founding anniversary of Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said the construction of the facility will commence as soon as ‘documents’ are complete.
But Gazmin said the presence of a United States military facility will mean no harm and instead will enhance the delivery of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in this part of the country.
Under the agreement, the Philippines will authorise the US government, through bilateral security mechanisms, ‘to preposition and store defence equipment, supplies, and materiel, including but not limited to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief equipment on the agreed locations.’
The access and disposition of the pre-positioned materiel, however, will be under the full control of the US military.
Gazmin also thanked the city government of Cagayan de Oro for welcoming the use of Lumbia for Edca.
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