By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and United States forces are currently conducting humanitarian assistance engagements in Cebu as part of Pacific Angel 2017 (PACANGEL 17).
During the exchange, slated from June 23 to July 3, 2017, US and Filipino service members would partner with local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other multilateral international participants to train together by providing medical, dental, optometrical and engineering assistance, and conducting subject matter expert exchanges in Bogo City and San Remigio, Northern Cebu.
Throughout the 10-day engagement, AFP and US forces would also partner with local schools and health clinics to repair and update infrastructure.
US and Philippine service members would increase interoperability by learning best medical practices from one another, while giving back to the community as friends, partners and allies.
This is the first of four humanitarian assistance engagements that make up PACANGEL 17. The remaining engagements would take place in the following locations: Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam; Northern and Western Divisions, Fiji; and Gorkha, Nepal.
Now entering its tenth year, PACANGEL ensures that the region’s militaries are prepared to work together to address humanitarian crises.
Since 2007, PACANGEL engagements have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people through providing health services ranging from dentistry, optometry, pediatrics, and physical therapy, to civil engineering programs, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, and subject matter exchanges.
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