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Members of the PH and US delegations and some distinguished guests pose for a
photo during the reception. Photo shows from L-R: Commodore Rafael Mariano, PN;
Col. Rocky Carter, JUSMAG; Mr. Eric Kneedler, US Embassy Political Counselor; BGen
Raul del Rosario; BGen Burt Thompson, Deputy Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, PACOM; Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin; DFA Assistant Secretary for American
Affairs Maria Andrelita Austria; MGen Darryll Wong, Hawaii National Guard; MARFORPAC Foreign Policy Advisor Marrie Schaefer; MGen Paul Kennedy; Undesecretary Eduardo Oban Jr, VFACOM; Mrs. Jessica Padilla; Col. Restituto
Padilla Jr, outgoing PH Liaison Officer (LO) to the PACOM; Capt. Ray dela Cruz, incoming PH LO to PACOM; and BGen Rodolfo Santiago.


(14 August 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii) Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin of the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, together with Brigadier General Raul del Rosario, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans (J5), hosted an Aloha Reception for the delegates to the  Philippines-United States Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) Executive Committee (Execom) Meeting on 12 August 2014 at the Philippine Consulate.

Close to 130 individuals from the Philippine and US delegations attended the reception, an evening filled with Filipino food, entertainment, fellowship and a commitment from the PH and the US for a closer, deeper bilateral partnership.


In her welcome remarks, Consul General Jamoralin conveyed that she was "no stranger to te strong alliance between the two treaty allies, and our relentless efforts to nurture and enhance this relationship" as se was the Assistant Secretary for American Affairs prior to assuming her current positin as Consul General. She also said that with the recent signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), PH-US relationship would become more responsive to the challenges and the opportunities of the 21st century.

BGen Raul del Rosario delivers his remarks during the program.

BGen Burt Thompson gives the US response on behalf of the US Pacific Command.


BGen Raul del Rosario, head of the Philippine delegation to the MDB-SEB Execom Meeting, and Brigadier General Burt Thompson, Deputy Director of Strategic Planning and Policy (J5) of the PACOM, also gave their remarks during the program.

The MDB-SEB Execom Meeting, conducted in Honolulu, Hawaii from 11 to 13 August 2014 was co-chaired by the staffs-in charge of plans of both the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PACOM. It was held prior to the annual meeting of the AFP Chied of Staff and the Commander of the PACOM. (END).