President Arroyo has repeatedly stressed the close friendship between the Philippines and the United States and their willingness to further develop bilateral relations. The two governments have sought to revive and strengthen their partnership by seeking to strengthen security, prosperity and service to Filipinos and Americans. President Arroyo, who took office on the same day as President Bush, strongly supported the global war on terrorism. In October 2003, the United States designated the Philippines as an important non-NATO ally. In the same month, the Philippines joined the select group of countries that have ratified the 12 UN conventions against terrorism. · On April 28 and 29, 2014, President Barack Obama visited the Philippines to highlight the U.S. balance with Asia, reaffirm the enduring contractual alliance between our two countries, strengthen economic ties and deepen people exchanges. The annual bilateral military exercises in Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) directly contribute to the efforts of the Philippine armed forces to eradicate the terrorists abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah and bring their development to areas once tormented by terrorists, including Basilan and Jolo. This is not only combined military training, but also civil and military affairs and humanitarian projects. The International Military Education and Training (IMET) program is the largest in the Pacific and the third largest in the world, and a Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) was signed in November 2002.
Similarly, cooperation between law enforcement agencies has reached a new level: the US and Philippine authorities have cooperated to charge numerous terrorists, implement the country extradition treaty and train thousands of Philippine police officers. There is a senior law counselor who assists the Philippine National Police with its transformation program. After the fall of the Soviet Union and the decline of the communist threat in the 1990s, bilateral aid to the Mutual Defence Treaty took a rollercoaster ride; especially in the Philippines. In general, the Philippine government has remained supportive of the treaty since its inception and has often relied on the United States to rely on its defence, as it has done since World War II. This was highlighted during the Cold War by the many U.S. military bases operating in the Philippines. The most notable and controversial of these bases are the Clark Air Force base outside the Angeles City subway station and the U.S. Subic Bay Naval Station. The bases were occupied for nearly 40 years after the end of the Second World War until the early 1990s. In 1991, the anti-American atmosphere in the Philippines forced the Philippine Senate to reject a new basic agreement that subsequently forced the withdrawal of all U.S.
forces from Philippine soil.  Faced with the rise of global terrorism with the events of 11.9. However, as china`s economic boom and militant expansion, the United States strengthened relations with its Asian allies, particularly the Philippines.  On 28 April 2014, the two governments concluded a Defence Enhanced Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) to improve cooperation capabilities and efforts in humanitarian and disaster relief.  The EDCA is to promote the following between the Philippines and the United States: during its 60th anniversary, at a ceremony on November 11, 2011, on the U.S. Bridge.