Friday, May 2, 2014

PH-US Balikatan Exercises to start in May


From the Website of AFP


CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Armed Forces will conduct the 30th iteration of Exercise Balikatan in the country this May.

Exercise Balikatan is an annual bilateral combined exercise initiated by the governments of the Philippines and United States. It is scheduled in the Philippines from May 5 to 16, 2014. 

This year’s exercise will focus on Maritime Security, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR), and Humanitarian Civic Assistance (HCA). 

The staff planning exercises are slated here in Camp Aguinaldo and in Western Command in Puerto Princesa while the field training exercises will be conducted in military camps in Luzon; Clark Air Base, Crow Valley and Fort Magsaysay. 

As part of Balikatan’s HCA, military medical personnel from both Philippines and U.S. Forces will offer free medical, dental and veterinary care to communities in Legazpi City. Military engineers will also construct and repair schools and other community infrastructure in selected areas in Bicol. 
Balikatan 2014 is structured to further develop the AFP in crisis-action planning, enhancing its ability to effectively conduct counterterrorism operations, and promote interoperability with the U.S. Armed Forces. 

The annual exercise is consistent with the Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the U.S. which aim is to continue both countries’ commitment to train, share information and provide support to each other. 

Exercise Balikatan 2014 will formally open on May 5 at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo.




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