“The Government of Canada is committed to working with trusted allies and partners to address international security issues,” Office of the Prime Minister of Canada said in a statement. The government of Canada is providing $3.58 million towards three initiatives which will enhance collaboration with the Philippines to counter regional and global security threats.
First initiative is Capacity Building for Port and Maritime Security in the Philippines which will seek to enhance front line law enforcement institutional capacity by strengthening the ability of the Philippines to gather, collect, analyze and share essential law enforcement data. This initiative will be funded with $1.14 million that will be implement from 2015 to 2017.
Second is Civilian Police Capacity Building and Deployment of Canadian Police Officers to the Philippines with $1.5 million. Third project is the Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices Training in the Philippines allocated with $940,000.
“It was a pleasure to welcome President Aquino to Canada. During his highly productive visit we were pleased to announce several important bilateral initiatives in the areas of commerce, development and security that will benefit citizens in both countries,” Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper said during an event during President Aquino’s state visit to Canada from May 7 to May 9.
“His visit also provided an opportunity to introduce the President to Canada’s hard working Filipino communities and highlight some of their major contributions to the fabric of our society,” PM Harper added.