The Joint US Military Assistance Group to the Republic of the Philippines (JUSMAGPHIL) functions as the US Security Assistance Organization (SAO) in the Philippines. The Chief of JUSMAGPHIL is also the Senior Defense Official. In addition to the military chain of command, JUSMAGPHIL is also responsible to the US Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. JUSMAGPHIL has responsibility for administering security assistance missions in addition to non-security assistance missions. These include Joint Combined Bilateral Exercise Programs, the second largest International Military Education and Training (IMET) program in Southeast Asia as well as coordination of joint US and Republic of the Philippines military to military engagement programs prescribed by the Mutual Defense Board.
JUSMAGPHIL offices are located on the Embassy grounds in both the Chancery and Rowe Buildings. The US Embassy is located at 1201 Roxas Blvd., Manila, telephone number 5301-2000.