CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Crown Prince of Malaysia’s state of Perlis, His Royal Highness Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, visited the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters today, 02 November 2016, as part of his four-day academic and military tour.
The AFP Deputy Chief of Staff LtGen Salvador Melchor B Mison Jr received Prince Faizuddin on behalf of the Chief of Staff, General Ricardo R Visaya.
AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Marine Colonel Edgard A Arevalo said “the engagement envisions to learn from the experience and best practices of both Malaysia and the Philippines on the Reservist and Reserve Officers Training Program. The Malaysian delegation would like to learn how best the AFP organize, train, and deploy its Reservists especially in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) Operations among other objectives of the visit.”
“The AFP meanwhile would like to hear for one, how the Malaysian Armed Forces recruit and manage all sorts of professionals into their Reservist Corps,” Col Arevalo added.
Aside from being the Crown Prince, Faizuddin is also the Commander of 504th Regiment of the Malaysian Territorial Army, holding the rank of Brigadier General. He likewise heads the Malaysian Reserved Officers Training Unit (ROTU) or Pasukan Latihan Pegawai Simpanan (PALAPES).
After his meeting with LtGen Mison, Prince Faizuddin visited the AFP Reserve Command (AFPRESCOM) also in Camp Auinaldo. He was met by AFPRESCOM Commander Col Pascual Luis D Bedia (MNSA) PA.
In his speech during his courtesy call in AFPRESOM, Prince Faizuddin said “there are possible avenues for collaboration between Malaysian ROTU and the AFPRESCOM such as through joint training.”
“It is significant for both countries to work out avenues or areas for future engagements as well as keeping in touch through various medium available, either via informal or formal means,” Prine Faizuddin added.
The Prince then toured the AFP Museum along with his 9-men delegation mostly composed of deputy commandants in major reserve training units in Malaysia. They will also visit the University of the Philippines. UP is home to the UP Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), one of the pioneers of ROTC in the Philippines.
The Crown Prince arrived in the Philippines last Monday, 31 October 2016 and will depart for Singapore tomorrow, 03 November 2016.
The Philippines and Malaysia established diplomatic relations in 1959. Since then, the two countries have entered into joint military trainings and exercises, information exchanges, and reciprocal visits between respective defense officials.
Part of its Defense Cooperation is the Philippines-Malaysia Military Cooperation Working Group (MCWG). This was organized to review and plan for continuous military activities between the AFP and Malaysian Armed Forces.
In the recent MCWG meeting conducted last year, both armed forces agreed to curb smuggling, piracy, and terrorism along the trade routes in the waters between Philippines and Malaysia.
“The visit of the Malaysian Crown Prince to our Armed Forces marks the robust and strong partnership between the AFP and the Malaysian Armed Forces. It signifies our modest but steady achievements in our effort to promote regional peace and stability through our Reservist Program,” General Visaya said.