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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA1679
2009-08-07 10:53
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Manila

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FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4839
RHHMUNA/USPACOM HONOLULU HI//FPA// IMMEDIATE
RUEHZU/ASIAN PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS MANILA 001679

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/PMBS, EAP/EP, EB/IFD, EAP/EP DARCY ANDERSON
AMEMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR FOR PAM ZARESK

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ETTC PARM PREL KSTC RP
SUBJECT: Philippine Export Controls Update

REF. MANILA 00332

¶1. (SBU) Summary: The Philippines has made notable progress
towards creating an export control regime. Draft legislation
regulating transfers of strategic goods has been introduced in both
Houses of the Philippine Congress. In support of the legislation,
the Embassy’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS)
program sent thirteen Philippine officials to the United States to
meet with U.S. export control officials. EXBS has also sponsored
International Seaport Interdiction Training in Mindanao, an in-depth
assessment of the Philippine strategic trade control situation, and
donated equipment to Philippine Customs, the Coast Guard, and Port
Authority. End summary.

Proposed Legislation on Export Control
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¶2. (SBU) In the months since EXBS funded a Legal-Regulatory
Workshop in Manila in January 2009, the Philippines has made
considerable progress towards creating its first comprehensive
export control regime. A proposed bill known as the “Weapons of
Mass Destruction Non-Proliferation and Strategic Goods and Items Act
of 2009” was filed in May in both Houses of the Philippine Congress.
Congressman Rodolfo W. Antonino introduced House Bill (HB) 6268 and
Senator Manuel Villar introduced its counterpart Senate Bill (SB)
¶3268. The House bill was endorsed to the Public Order and Safety
Committee and the Senate bill to the Public Order and Illegal Drugs
Committee. The first committee hearing on HB 6268 was held in May.
The Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime Technical
Working Group is currently polishing the proposed legislation. In
July the Embassy’s EXBS program provided export control training for
13 Philippine officials including congressman, staffers, industry
executives, and custom officers in order to aid efforts to pass the
new law.

International Seaport Interdiction Training
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¶3. (SBU) In March, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)team
conducted week-long training in General Santos City in the southern
Philippines for 25 customs and port police officers. The course
focused on a wide range of seaport enforcement topics with emphasis
on multi-layered enforcement. In addition to the formal lecture
sessions, a visit to the port of General Santos was arranged for
hands-on training in inspection of containers and practical
exercises. The participants were appreciative and thought that the
material presented would benefit them in their work. They requested
more training on related topics, especially hands-on courses using
inspection tools.

Assessment of strategic trade control
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¶4. (SBU) In May a team from the Center for International Trade and
Security, University of Georgia, conducted a week-long assessment on
the development of strategic trade controls in the Philippines. The
team met key officers from relevant Philippine government agencies
and toured the Manila International Airport and the Bureau of
Customs.
The preliminary assessment was that the Philippines is relatively
advanced in the area of export controls as compared to other
countries in the region, but there are many gaps that need to be
addressed. The team is preparing a detailed report with
recommendations to supplement future EXBS activities and tailor them
to the specific needs of the Philippines.

Equipment Donation
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¶5. (SBU) Post delivered radiation detection and other export
control-related equipment to Philippines Customs, Port Authority,
and the Coast Guard in Manila last month. This equipment was
recommended by an EXBS port enforcement assessment done in 2007.
Additional equipment will be delivered to authorities in other
Philippine cities in the near future.
KENNEY

   

 

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