AFP hosts Manila segment of SEAS 2012

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday formally hosted the Manila segment of the Symposium on the East Asia Security 2012 (SEAS 2012) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

In line with this activity, the military conducted a humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) capability demonstration with the assistance of its various disaster response task groups at the general headquarters grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo.

Col. Arnulfo M. Burgos, AFP spokesperson, said participating units include the Philippine Army’s 15th Ready Reserve Division, Air Force’s 505th Search and Rescue Group, and the Navy-Fleet Marine Ready Force which demonstrated their HADR capability in earthquake, flooding, and emergency aerial rescue.

The SEAS 2012 is an annual program developed and co-sponsored by the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) Office of the Diplomacy and the US Department of State.

It is composed of military officials, policy makers, and regional security experts from East Asia and the Pacific.

This year’s theme is “Regional Security Cooperation: Disaster Mitigation and Resiliency.”

The meeting will examine issues related to current and future security concerns throughout the Asia Pacific region in the areas of humanitarian assistance, emergency preparedness and resiliency.

The USPACOM and the US Department of State have been jointly conducting the annual symposium since 1986.

Burgos said the three-week, highly intensive program is designed for Asia-Pacific military and civilian security and defense professionals from throughout the Pacific Command area of responsibility, who are already policy-makers or are entering policy-making ranks.

The symposium usually begins in Hawaii and then travels to two or three Asian nations.

At each stop, the participants meet with senior military and diplomatic officials, visit military units, and engage in discussions in security.

SEAS strengthens bonds among military and security professionals, allowing them to share perspectives on counter-terrorism and other security issues of importance to their nations.

It approaches security from a regional perspective, examines the US role in the Asia-Pacific region, promotes greater security cooperation and identifies emerging issues in regional security.

AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Jessie D. Dellosa said the AFP’s participation in this year’s SEAS comes very timely "to improve and enhance our HADR capabilities in times of distraught like the recent calamity caused by "habagat" (southwest monsoon).

"The knowledge and insights that we will gain from other participating countries will significantly help us in improving our interoperability with other HADR task groups within and outside the Armed Forces to ensure a safe and secure environment for our people,” Dellosa said. (PNA)

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