Since the 1950s, Filipino and Australian soldiers have taken part in peacekeeping missions, in multilateral and joint exercises, and in training and educational exchanges.
Over the years, Australian Defence personnel have been part of major humanitarian and disaster response missions in the Philippines, from the 1991 volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in central Luzon to the 2013 Super Typhoon Yolanda in the central Visayas.
Image: Soldiers of the Philippine and Australian Army unload supplies from the back of a truck in front of a Philippine Humanitarian Support Mission to East Timor (PHILHSMET) building. The Philippine contingent provides humanitarian support through medical and dental services, rehabilitation projects, livelihood education and public works. PHILHSMET regularly receives supplies from Dili, transported by the Australian Army.