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'Balikatan 2014' highlights in Philippines
DESIGNED to increase the interoperability of both Filipino and American forces, several field trainings are among the highlights of the schedule for this year's "Balikatan" (shoulder-to-shoulder) military exercises.
This was announced Tuesday by Lt. (SG) Annaleah Cazcarro, Combined Joint Information Bureau co-director.
Cazcarro said these exercises include Maritime Surveillance Systems Demonstration at the Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales, demonstration on Air Movement, Live Fire, Counter Improvised Explosives Devices and Mass Casualty Response at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija;
Combined Cooperative Healthcare Engagement in Tacloban, Leyte; showcase of Philippine Air Force and U.S. Air Power at Clark Field, Pampanga; and Urban Search and Rescue field training exercises at Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City.
A Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise will also be held at Crow Valley Range in Tarlac, Cazcarro said.
"Balikatan 2014” military exercises are expected to take place from May 5 to 16.
Meanwhile, Filipino and U.S. forces began conducting community infrastructure projects in Legazpi City in Albay province last week
Cazcarro said this is part of the maneuvers' Humanitarian Civic Assistance that will focus on revitalizing the interoperability of the Philippines and U.S. militaries through the conduct of disaster rehabilitation and rural development projects.
These will materialize through the Engineering Civic-Action Programs, Cooperative Health Engagements, Symposiums, and Community Relation activities.
"Balikatan" is an annual bilateral combined exercise initiated by the governments of the Republic of the Philippines and the United States.