‘Balikatan’ begins with humanitarian touch

April 6, 2011 12:37 am 

MANILA, April 5 – Various disaster relief reduction equipment and humanitarian oriented materials were on display as the 10-day annual “Balikatan” exercises kicked off Tuesday at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Among the equipment on display were a Machine Language Translation, a mobile water sanitation (Watsan) facility, a machine language translation (MLT) machine and a photovoltaic module (PM).

AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr. said some 6,000 American soldiers are training their Filipino counterparts to be better prepared for humanitarian relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crises. He said it has nothing to do with sovereignty issues.

Oban said due to the involvement of US soldiers in on-going relief efforts in Japan, this year's bilateral military exercise was scaled down.

The MLT, sometimes referred to by the abbreviation MT, also called computer-aided translation, machine-aided human translation MAHT and interactive translation, is a sub-field of computational linguistics that investigates the use of computer software to translate text or speech from one natural language to another.

It will be used for translation native languages into English so that the US soldiers can understand what most Filipinos are saying.

The WatSan facility is a water purifying system which can seep sea or river water while the PM is a solar-powered battery charger. (PNA) DCT/JCA


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