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US Navy Forces launches multi-national humanitarian mission in Palawan

US Navy Forces launches multi-national humanitarian mission in Palawan

The officials of the City Government of Puerto Princesa, national government officials and the members and officials of Pacific Partnerhsip 2022 during its launching last August 3 at the Mendoza Park, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (photo credit to City Information Department)

PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN (PIA) -- The 17th Pacific Partnership 2022 was formally launched in Mendoza Park, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last August 3.

It is an annual multi-national humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness mission of the United States Navy Forces jointly by Australia, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Chile, and South Korea forces on board USNS Mercy, the Command hospital ship of America which provide medical services worldwide.

Puerto Princesa City Vice-Mayor Maria Nancy M. Socrates underscored the huge impact in the city of the PP22 in terms of disaster preparedness. During the press conference, she said that being the recipient of all training and capacity-building activity of this multi-national partnership, enhances the ability of the city government to respond to any crisis [situation].

“In terms of our capabilities in handling disasters particularly towards mental health issues, and also our capabilities, specifically we the Philippine Red Cross, with our blood banking techniques, it will help us a lot and in general, all the training that we are getting, all the activities are helping us build a more prepared community and more resilient communities,” she added.

Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos, the Commander of Western Command lauded their counterpart as  they also benefited from the training specifically  in  collapse structure training, maritime search, and rescue training, mountain rescue training. 

Aside from training, Rear Admiral Mark Melson, Commander of Task Force 73, confirmed that they have also engineering projects in the city and medical mission. In a medical mission, they will conduct more than 200 surgeries and more than 7,000 individuals will be the beneficiary.  He said they choose Puerto Princesa as the host city, based on the recommendation of the Pacific Fleet team in the Philippines.  The PP22 will be done in August 17, 2022. (MCE/PIA MIMAROPA)

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