UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. military has given the Philippine Marine Special Operations Group millions of dollars worth of Personal Protective Equipment.

In a statement on Wednesday, June 6, the U.S. embassy in Manila said hundreds of ballistic vests, plates, helmets, and accessories were provided through the Counterterrorism Train and Equip Program.

The stash is reportedly worth P178 million.

The embassy said the equipment will provide further protection for Philippine Marines personnel, who are conducting counterterrorism operations, as well as transnational operations, specifically in the southern Philippines.

It is also intended to fill critical equipment gaps.

The U.S. and the Philippines are long-standing allies; members from the two governments also met last month to reaffirm their mutual commitment to combat human trafficking and said they are “committed to doing more on the issue.”