Read this at Manila Times Digital Edition. Within the scope of the Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and the United States, fourteen projects were proposed on four new sites to host American forces. AFP Spokesman Col."All of these follow the modernization program of AFP , so we will be more capable of performing our mission," Medel Aguilar follows on Thursday.Said. The projects will be held at Camilo Osias Naval Base in Santa Ana, Isabela, Camp Melchor de la Cruz in Gamu; Balabac Island in Palawan and Lal-Lir airport in Cagayan. Since Palawan Island is deprived of large facilities and only hosts a small sea and coastal monitoring station, they have plans to raise Balabac to better meet the Philippine and US troops. Part of the yükselatm, the construction of the 3 -kilometer runway under the tikas program,A partnership between the National Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Public Works and Highways. The track will be used by both civilian and military aircraft, similar to EDCA projects on the Mactan-Benito Abuen Base on the Mactan Island and Antonio Bautista air bases in Puerto Princesa. news I accept that I have read and accepted the conditions of service and privacy policy, register with a E -Posta address, register for the daily bulletins of Manila Times. The track is expected to be completed in March 2024 and cost $ 3.1 million. At the Narkico Del Rosario Naval Station in Palawan, a passage and scaffold will be built to host amphibious transportation, such as larger ships and frigates and ships of destroyer -sized ships. The station will also have a beach ramp and staging area that will make it easier to access construction materials for future EDCA projects. A similar project in Palawan is carried out by the Philippine Coast Guard for a ship support facility in Bataraza. PCG said that the facility will serve as an advanced operating base to support the coastal security ship operations in the areas of responsibility ".several EDCA projects were completed. Other projects on the pipeline include a command and control building, humanitarian aid and disaster aid warehouse, barracks for personnel and other facilities. The US has committed $ 82 million for infrastructure investments on EDCA sites. In addition, two of the former US Navy's cyclone -class patrol ships and three shipping aircraft promised to deliver to six patrol boats. The Philippines were also interested in purchasing the US F-16 fighter aircraft, high mobility artillery rocket system or Himars and javelin weapons system. Last month, the two countries President Ferdinand "Bonggbong" Marcos Jr.'s official state visit to Washington, he founded bilateral defense guidelines. These directives focus on resisting Gray-Zone tactics and reiterating that an attack in the South China Sea will activate mutual defense commitments.