By Ali G. Macabalang
The Army forces of the Philippines and the United States hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 17-18) the 44th annual Indo-Pacific Armies Management Seminar (IPAMS), the largest land forces seminar in the Indo-Pacific region, the US embassy in Manila announced.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 20 countries from across the region participated virtually in the two-day event, this years’ conference virtually, the embassy said in a statement furnished to the Philippine Muslim Today.
IPAMS is an annual military seminar aimed at providing a forum for senior-level ground forces officers in the Indo-Pacific region to exchange views and ideas, developing strong interpersonal relationships, and enhancing existing bonds, the statement said.
The event jived with the conduct of the annual Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum (SELF). SELF is comprised of group discussions and professional development activities directed at senior-enlisted personnel from Indo-Pacific countries, the embassy said.
The webinar came with the theme: “Addressing Challenges to Indo-Pacific Armies in Urban Environments.”
It covered plenary sessions featuring distinguished guest speakers and lively discussions on the complexities of operating in urban environments, from peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, food/water security, and area rehabilitation, to leadership development and achieving success in challenging situations, the embassy said.
U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, delivered via live stream his opening remarks for the 44th Indo-Pacific Armies Management Seminar and the 6th Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine and US hosts agreed that this conference must continue to provide a critical venue to strengthen relationships and build trust throughout the region, Gen. LaCamera said. (AGM)