The Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement is a ten-page document with a preamble and 12 articles signed on 28 April 2014. It is a framework agreement that extends the scope of the 1951 TDM. In April 2014, a ten-year pact (EDCA – Enhanced Defence Co-operation Agreement) was signed between US President Barack Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, allowing the US to increase its military presence in the Philippines.     The views of the Department of Foreign Affairs and other relevant government officials are therefore brought to your attention so that you are fully aware of your government`s position on this important issue. The Embassy broadcasts broadcasts No. 1120 of 23 August 1947 and No. 1185 of 12 August 1947. The September 194735 were carefully noted and, according to the ministry, are further evidence of the need to achieve some sort of clarification between the Philippines and the United States on the exact military agenda of the two Philippine governments. In order to take a step in this direction, the Department believes that consideration should be given to informing the Government of the Philippines that, in our best judgment, the military strength that we have previously agreed as the minimum for the Philippines is not only greater than what that Government requires, but also greater than what the resources of the Philippines justify from a financial point of view.
The military estimate of the situation prepared by the United States Military Advisory Group for the Philippines and submitted to the War Department by Colonel R. H. [page 1120] Kreuter, military attaché, dated the 15th. August 1947, contains the statement: “It is further agreed that since the Republic wants to have an army, the most feasible plan is to develop a small military organization within the financial means of the Republic, which can form a civilian reserve army capable of resisting any aggression. the exceptional assistance of the United Nations or other friendly Powers. It seems highly desirable that this programme be implemented for the Republic, and if the Philippine Government insists on implementing a much broader military programme, it is possible that this Government will have to inform the Philippine Government very openly that it can count on the assistance of this Government to maintain its military organization. which will not come for a number of reasons. On the 16th. In September 1991, the Philippine Senate rejected the renewal of the basic agreement by a narrow majority and, despite further efforts to salvage the situation, the two sides were unable to reach an agreement. Accordingly, the Philippine Government informed the United States on 6 December 1991 that it had one year to complete the withdrawal. This withdrawal proceeded smoothly and ended prematurely, with the last U.S. forces withdrawing on November 24, 1992.
At the time of his departure, the U.S. government had handed over more than $1.3 billion in assets to the Philippines, including an airport and a ship repair center. Agencies trained by the Philippine government rebuilt the former military bases for civilian commercial purposes, with Subic Bay serving as the flagship for these efforts. The Philippine government announced this on September 16. July 2015 that it will revive a U.S.-built deep-water naval base at Subic Bay. The vote resulted in 11 senators to renew the treaty and 12 senators to remove it. The list of senators who voted for the basic treaty – to keep the basics – was Mamintal Tamano, Neptali Gonzales Sr., Heherson Alvarez, Edgardo Angara, Ernesto Herrera, Jose Lina Jr., John Osmeña, Vicente Paterno, Santanina Rasul, Alberto Romulo and Leticia Ramos Shahani. A 1947 military base agreement gave the United States a 99-year lease for a number of Philippine military and naval bases where U.S. authorities had virtual territorial rights.  In August 1951, a Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) was signed between representatives of the Philippines and the United States. The comprehensive agreement contained eight articles and stipulated that the two countries would support each other if the Philippines or the United States were attacked by an outside party. An amendment to the Basic Agreement in 1966 shortened the term from 99 years to 25 years.
 In 1979, after two years of negotiations, the Basic Agreement was renewed with some modifications.  The annual balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) bilateral military exercises contribute directly to the efforts of the Philippine Armed Forces to eradicate the terrorists of Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah and to bring development to areas once plagued by terrorism, particularly Basilan and Jolo. This includes not only combined military training, but also civil-military affairs and humanitarian projects. The International Military Education and Training Program (IMET) is the largest in the Pacific and the third largest in the world, and a Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) was signed in November 2002. Similarly, law enforcement cooperation has reached a new level: U.S. and Philippine authorities have worked together to bring charges against many terrorists, implement the country`s extradition treaty, and train thousands of Philippine law enforcement officers. There is a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor who assists the Philippine National Police in its transformation agenda. Post-U.S. relations between the United States and the Philippines have been improved and expanded, emphasizing economic and trade relations while maintaining the importance of the security dimension. U.S. investment continues to play an important role in the Philippine economy, while a strong security relationship is based on the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty. In February 1998, negotiators from the United States and the Philippines concluded the Visiting Forces Agreement (VVA), paving the way for enhanced military cooperation under the DTD.
The agreement was approved by the Philippine Senate in May 1999 and entered into force on 1 June 1999. As part of the VFA, the United States conducted ship visits to Philippine ports and resumed major military exercises combined with Philippine forces. One of the most important events in bilateral relations is President Ramos` statement on July 4, 1996, on the occasion of Philippine-American Friendship Day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of philippine independence. Ramos visited the United States in April 1998 and then to President Estrada in July 2000. President Arroyo met with President Bush in November 2001 for an official working visit and paid a State visit to Washington on 19 May 2003. President Bush paid a state visit to the Philippines on October 18, 2003, during which he addressed a joint session of the Philippine Congress – the first U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower. There are also regular visits at the U.S. cabinet level and congressional visits to the Philippines. “The Government of the United States, in the goodwill of the Filipino people, has an advantage of enormous value for the development of our foreign policy in the Far East.