The 70th Anniversary of the opening of Diplomatic relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Indonesia will be celebrated in 2019. Since the establishment of these relations on 24 November 1949, bilateral ties have continued to strengthen between the two countries.
The relationship between these two nations is expressed in sub-regional and regional organizations where both the Philippines and Indonesia are able to exhibit similar ideals and aspirations. Among these initiatives related to enhancing mutually beneficial economic relations as well as people to people contact is the “Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines," which was signed 24 March 1972.
In its development, a Memorandum of Understanding on the Expansion of Air Linkages between and among Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines (BIMP) was signed in 2007, where Davao, Philippines and Manado, Indonesia are designated points under it.
In the spirit of cooperation, and in accordance with the laws and regulations of both the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Indonesia, the Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Leehiong T. Wee, and the Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Sinyo Harry Sarundajang, within their official capacity, have agreed to promote the establishment of flights between Davao, Philippines and Manado, Indonesia. This would increase trade, tourism and investment between these two geographic areas, thereby fostering economic growth.
On 31 August 2018, the two Ambassadors met with Department of Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, to discuss challenges relating to this and the Roll-on-Roll-off shipping route between General Santos and Davao in the Philippines and Bitung in Indonesia. More importantly, they discussed the next steps needed for the two projects to prosper.