Expanding Military Budget Prompts Philippines Defence Procurement Event

Upcoming presidential elections in Philippines and a 9.2% increase in the country's defence budget sees National Coast Watch Council Secretariat, Office Of The President partnering with IQPC Asia to host the inaugural Maritime Security & Coastal Surveillance Philippines in June 2016.

Feb 16, 2016, 09:00 ET from IQPC Worldwide

SINGAPORE, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with the Philippine Government and the National Coast Watch Council Secretariat (NCWCS), IQPC Asia, will be hosting the inaugural Maritime Security & Coastal Surveillance Philippines conference on the 9-10 June 2016 in The Manila Hotel, Philippines.

The conference will follow on from the presidential elections taking place in May, where senior government officials, political decision makers and organisational heads from the Philippines and Southeast Asia will gather to discuss the current challenges and strategies to enhance maritime security and surveillance in the region.

In an official letter of agreement signed by Undersecretary Jose Luis M Alano, the conference welcomes international and regional Navies, Coast Guards and maritime government organisations to the event. Set to deliver over 200 delegates, the Undersecretary underscored the importance of the timing of the event which will showcase the operational and technological requirements of various organisations in the Philippines.

Issues including maritime security, illegal immigration, the smuggling of illicit goods and arms, piracy, human trafficking, anti-terrorism, illegal fishing and border protection are expected to dominate the agenda of the two-day conference. 

"Given the opportunity to collaborate with the prestigious NCWCS, this conference acts as an ideal regional platform for Navies, Coast Guards, Air Force and all government defence bodies to engage in constructive dialogue over all pressing concerns in the changing maritime security environment. We're looking forward to positive discussions from all defence bodies on their technology requirements as they make procurement decisions at the event," adds Maya Sivamany, Head of the Defence and Government Portfolio at IQPC Asia. 

"Enhancing Maritime Security & Coastal Surveillance In The Philippines And The APAC Region Through The Effective Use Of Surveillance And Cutting-Edge Technologies" is the theme of the conference, and will allow local government organisations including the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Air Force, NAMRIA, Department of Transport and Communications, Department of National Defense, Bureau of Fisheries and more to highlight and search for the latest technological solutions to meet operational requirements.

In addition, the conference will feature VIP one-to-one meetings and bilateral visits between Philippine, regional government organisations, and key industry players in a bid to promote inter-agency cooperation and enhanced networking opportunities.

Registration for Maritime Security & Coastal Surveillance Philippines 2016 is now open at www.maritimesecurityphilippines.com. The programme is also available for review. For further information, contact enquiry@iqpc.com.sg or +65 6722 9388.

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About National Coast Watch Council Secretariat (NCWCS) Office Of The President

The National Coast Watch System was established by President Benigno S. Aquino III by virtue of Executive Order 57 (s. 2011) as the central inter-agency mechanism for a coordinated and coherent approach on maritime issues and maritime security operations. It serves as the national maritime single point of contact for maritime coordination in the Philippines, implementing a whole-of-nation approach to address current and future maritime safety, security, economic, and environmental protection challenges in the Philippines.