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8th ID partners with the largest Pacific mission for 2012

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, May 24 (PIA) — The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division (8ID), Philippine Army (PA) will partner with “Pacific Partnership 2012,” a humanitarian and civic assistance mission in selected communities of Samar Island, from June 18 to July 1.

The Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12) is the largest annual mission of the United States Pacific Fleet in the Asia-Pacific region. The purpose of the mission is to deliver basic services, strengthen alliances, and ensure that the international community is better prepared to synchronize the delivery of foreign humanitarian aid in times of natural disaster or crisis.

The activities will include medical and dental mission, veterinarian mission, engineering work, subject matter expert exchanges mainly on disaster preparedness/response, and damage control that will be done during the two-week duration of the mission.

“The 8th ID will work hand in hand with the US Armed Forces, partner nation military personnel, and the local government units and agencies of Samar through the concept of Bayanihan in order to deliver much needed services in selected communities in the province,” said BGen Gerardo Layug, Armed Forces of The Philippines (AFP), Commander of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army.

Aside from the AFP’s medical and dental teams, which will participate in the series of Medical Mission, the AFP will also deploy elements of 53rd Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army who will be joining the US Pacific 30th Naval Construction Regiment in all engineering projects in the area.

The US Navy’s Pacific Partnership will also perform humanitarian activities in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The US Navy Ship Mercy (T-AH 19) will serve as the command platform in addition to a Japanese landing ship Tank (LST 4001) Oosumi. PP12 seeks to build and strengthen alliances, partnerships and relationships with regional host nations.

The last Pacific Partnership in Samar extended various projects in the city of Calbayog and the municipalities of Gandara and Sta Margarita in the year 2008. 

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NBQ-PIA 8-Samar LtC Arvin Lagamon | CENTCOM-AFP | June 13, 2012 | Article Link

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