The Philippine government is, in tandem with the Malaysian government, looking to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU on cooperation in the field of health. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia disclosed this in a speech when he met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during his official visit in Malacañang Palace on March 7, Thursday afternoon.
“I look forward to the finalization and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the government of Malaysia and the government of the Republic of the Philippines on cooperation in the field of health,” PM Mahathir said.
“I highlighted that Malaysia has been a favorite healthcare destination for the Philippines. The number of patients from the Philippines seeking treatment in Malaysia has been increasing over the years,” he added.
Besides health, PM Mahatir mentioned that the two leaders also discussed improvement of education as they spoke about programs that would aim to help teachers and students in Madrasahs or Muslim educational institutions, especially in Mindanao.
He mentioned too, that the Malaysian government is more than willing to help aid Filipinos regarding security matters through the Trilateral Cooperation Agreement, aimed at taking down the threats of terrorism and violent extremism
Duterte liked how the two countries are determined to increase cooperation in efforts to address security issues, particularly on terrorism, piracy and transnational crimes, and especially the war on drugs.
“We resolved to address security issues. We touched on our extensive economic cooperation. We shared the view that its further expansion serves our mutual interests as that of ASEAN and our region,” President Rodrigo Duterte said.
Duterte said the two countries also mutually agreed in preserving and promoting peace, stability, safety and freedom of navigation over the South China Sea, as well as the peaceful settlement of disputes.
Since the Prime Minister Mahatir’s stunning upset win in the 2018 elections, this is the first time he has visited the Philippines.
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