In line with its efforts to foster military cooperation with other allied nations, the Philippine Army (PA) shared its best practices in a command briefing, open forum and interaction with student-officers of the Defense Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) of Sri Lanka on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan military delegation is headed by Commodore AARK Perera, the Chief Instructor of Naval Wing of the DSCSC.
The group also made a courtesy call on PA commanding general Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Año.
Col. Jose C. Faustino Jr., PA Education and Training assistant chief-of-staff, warmly welcomed the Sri Lankan visitors. “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,” he said.
“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,” Faustino stressed.
The 19-member delegation from the DSCSC of Sri Lanka arrived in the Philippines for their Overseas Study Tour last Aug. 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.
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.