Courtesy of Edd Gumban. Philstar.

Navy officials from 23 countries hosted a preliminary workshop with a goal to brainstorm on solutions in improving ocean governance and regional partnership throughout participating countries.

Hosted by the Philippine Navy, the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) that will be held in Manila by May, will be on board by Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Officials from the United States and China were also among the countries embarked on the workshop, divulged Philippine Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Maria Christina Roxas.

Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, the Philippine Navy flag officer in command, said that the workshop will serve as an “avenue” for the preparation and discourses of issues relevant to the symposium proper, providing opportunity as it assembles more attendees that would improve naval cooperation and “establish maritime security initiatives among the Western Pacific navies.”

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