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US, Philippines to Start Building Military Facilities in 2023

Philippine Marine Corps soldiers during a military exercise with US marines north of Manila in 2018.

Philippine Marine Corps soldiers during a military exercise with US marines north of Manila in 2018.

Photographer: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

The US and the Philippines will start building training facilities and warehouses on the Southeast Asian nation’s military bases next year, as the longtime defense allies seek to boost ties.

The work will begin on two bases north of Manila and an airport base station on the southern island, the Philippine Defense Department said in a statement Tuesday. Some $66.5 million has been earmarked to implement these projects under the two nations’ Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.