[VIII 2-6] The agreement also exempts Philippine personnel from visa formalities and ensures an acceleration of entry and exit operations;  [IV] requires the United States to accept Philippine driver`s licenses;  [V] authorizes Philippine personnel to carry weapons in U.S. military facilities while on duty;  [VI] provides for tax exemptions and import/export exclusions for Philippine personnel;  [X, XI] calls on the United States to provide health care to Filipino personnel;  [XIV] and exempts Philippine vehicles, ships and aircraft from landing or port, navigation or overflight fees, road charges or other charges for use in the United States. Military installations.  [XV] A1: No. The VFA is an agreement between the two countries in support of the Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT). The MDT was created in 1951 between the United States and the Philippines to support each other in the event of a foreign attack. The VFA is an agreement between Manila and Washington, signed in February 1998 on the treatment of U.S. military personnel in the Philippines. A counter-agreement was signed in October 1998 on the treatment of Philippine military personnel in the United States. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), signed in April 2014 under benigno Aquino III, then president, is used to operationalize the VFA. Military activities authorized by the Philippines also fall within the context of the VFA.
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