Balikatan amphibious raid exercises set in waters off Palawan

March 28, 2012 12:59 am 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, March 27 — An amphibious raid exercises in waters off Palawan on April 24 are among the activities opened to media of the 28th combined exercises for “Balikatan” scheduled from April 16 to 27.

Opening ceremonies on April 16 and closing events on April 27 are to be held in the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

A Distinguished Visitors' Day will be held at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija on April 21 and a Media Day in Palawan the following day, plus live fire exercises.

About 6,000 U.S. troops are expected.

The contingent is composed of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Pacific Command, United Nations Country Team, United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, World Food Program (WFP) and the International Federation of the Red Cross.

They will participate in a Command Post Exercise with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Metro Manila Disaster Coordinating Council (MMDCC), AFP, and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to test the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Plans they have laid out.

“The exercise is designed to enhance the AFP and U.S. Armed Forces interoperability in the conduct of not only on traditional military training but also on non-traditional aspects that reach out [to] communities in need of urgent assistance,” the AFP said in a statement.

U.S. and Philippine troops will participate in Humanitarian and Civic Assistance projects in Palawan, building classrooms in five barangays (villages) and conducting multiple medical, dental and veterinary civic action projects.

Both militaries will also conduct “cross-training and field training exercises in mainland Luzon and Palawan province to improve the interoperability of the AFP and U.S. military,” according to the AFP. (PNA)



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