The Philippine Navy and its counterpart in Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would further enhance defense relations of both countries.
The White Shipping MOU was signed by Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, the Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy, and Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, Chief of Navy of the Republic of Singapore Navy on May 14 at Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel in Singapore.
A memorandum of understanding between the Philippine Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy was signed on May 14, 2017 by Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado (L), flag officer in command of the Philippine Navy, and Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, chief of Navy of the Republic of Singapore Navy. Naval Public Affairs Office
The MOU emphasized the "need to enhance information sharing" in relation to the White Shipping that covers general commercial ships, passenger liners, pleasure craft and fishing boats, which are non-military and non-government in nature.
Aside from the conduct of information sharing, the MOU also underscored the establishment of policies and procedures for the "reciprocal protection of information" relating to White Shipping between the two countries.
This was done to enhance maritime awareness and to strengthen existing bilateral relations between the Philippines and Singapore.
The signing was part of the Philippine Navy's participation in the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Singapore Navy, with the theme, "RSN50: Maritime Nation, Maritime Force." —Anna Felicia Bajo/KG, GMA News