Local residents flock to PP12 activities
By PP12 Media Affairs
CALBAYOG CITY – Everyday, since the formal launching of the Pacific
Partnership 2012 (PP12) Humanitarian Mission and Disaster Readiness
Enhancement at the Socio-Cultural Center of the Northwest Samar State
University (NWSSU) in Calbayog City on June 19, 2012, local folks have
been flocking various sites of Medical Missions and other PP12
PP12 activities include medical and dental missions, veterinary
missions, construction projects, band shows, disaster preparedness
symposium, and various subject matter expert exchanges on health care
and other disaster related topics.
The US Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Harry K Thomas,
attended the formal launching of PP12 to show the US’ appreciation and
gratitude to the Philippines for hosting the PP12 in Samar Island. The
PP12 is the largest Humanitarian Mission in the region aimed to
facilitate the delivery of basic services and enhance the capacity of
partner nations to have a synchronized and well-coordinated response
when actual disaster strikes.
The 984-foot USNS Mercy Hospital Ship, anchored off the shores of
Calbayog City, will only serve as a platform for surgery operations.
Meaning, no surgical operations will be performed outside the US Naval
Hospital Ship. All patients recommended to undergo surgery will be
ferried over from the Calbayog City Pier to the ship and will stay on
board the ship until full recuperation from surgery.
LtGen Jessie D Dellosa, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP), and General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff of the
Japanese Self Defense Forces (JASDF) made their official visits to
Calbayog City in connection with the on-going Pacific Partnership 2012
humanitarian missions on June 21 2012. The visit of the Japanese
leader is considered another milestone in AFP–JSDF relations that has
been strengthened through the years.
General Dellosa and General Iwasaki met at Calbayog Pier as they were
scheduled to have their tour of the Japanese landing ship tank Oosumi
and the USNS Mercy. Local residents can avail of scheduled ship tours
at the USNS Mercy through AFP-USN Public Affairs officers in charge of
year’s mission will surely strengthen the partnership of allied
countries, various NGOs and cause oriented organizations, and will
significantly enhance the capability of the local government units to
respond to disaster, especially in a multi-national and