Australian Embassy
The Philippines
Embassy address: Level 23-Tower 2 RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, 1200 - Telephone: 757 8100 - Fax: 757 8268 - Immigration and Visa Office: 757 8340

AMBASSADOR SMITH
Ground Breaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of the new Mindanao Area Police Intelligence Office at Philippine National Police Camp Catitipan, Davao
25 June 2008




Police Director Ferrer, General Calingasan, other officials of the PNP, Ladies and Gentlemen.

In recent years Philippine authorities have had significant successes in combating terrorism. Regrettably, extremist groups in Southeast Asia continue to pose a threat to our security – to the security of our region, our countries, our communities and our families.

And like all transnational crime, terrorism must be tackled not only through determined effort by law enforcement authorities at the national level, but also through international cooperation.

Australia and the Philippines have a proud record of cooperation in law enforcement and counter-terrorism. This ceremony today is a practical example of that cooperation.

It is part of a multi-million dollar project managed by the Australian Federal Police (our AFP) to help the law enforcement authorities in the Philippines develop capabilities in critical areas like intelligence sharing, analysis of post blast components and bombing techniques, forensics and other skills particularly relevant to the fight against terrorism.

This in turn is part of Australia’s wider efforts working with law enforcement agencies in our region and worldwide against terrorism and other transnational crime.

In the Philippines, the Australian Government last year concluded a 3yr(PHP 150m) project funded by the Australian Federal Police and our aid agency AusAid, which delivered outcomes in the: