[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] requires 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 taxes, road fees or other charges for the use of U.S. military facilities.  [XV] Military cooperation between the United States and the Philippines continued under Duterte, despite his skepticism about bilateral relations. February 2020. Disputes over the cost of rebuilding the bases have helped significantly reduce their military footprint in the Philippines, Schaus said. The VFA was signed in 1998 to reduce the bureaucracy needed for U.S. forces to travel to the Philippines. The Philippines is a contractual ally of the United States, with several military agreements that depend on the VFA, which provides the legal framework for washington`s troops to operate on a rotating base in the Southeast Asian nation. Part of the friction between the U.S. and the Philippines, Schaus said, is due to the fact that the two sides are not clearly specifying their priorities for the region. .