Animals too benefited from the Pacific Partnership 2012
By PIA Samar / AVHA H.
June 30, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY – The Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12) benefited not
only the people of Samar but also 1,000 animals in Samar since day one
of their mission on June 19 that lasted until June 30.
World veterinarian volunteers who live on board the US Navy Ship Mercy
provided their veterinary services on shore in Samar island as part of
the PP12 mission.
PP12 conducted 12 Veterinary Civic Action Program (VETCAP) missions in
10 sites in Samar, two in Northern Samar and treated about one
The VETCAP treated birds, pigeons, chickens, monkeys, cats, dogs,
carabaos, cows, pigs, and goats, some were brought to them, some they
tracked down with the owners on the lead.
Calbayog City Veterinary office assisted the World Vets in the VETCAP
mission in giving oral and injectable vitamins and deworming
(external, internal parasitism) the animals.
Meanwhile, US Navy Commander Sonia Maria Lohmeyer said that VETCAP is
also part of the Disaster Preparedness, she said that in times of
disaster the animals are the least priority to save, but with this
VETCAP the people would know how important their animals are, too.
PP12 has the motto, Prepare in Calm to Respond in Crisis in addressing
necessary precautions in calamity prone countries in the Pacific.
As a country is often besieged with calamities, the PP12 ensures that
people, especially those in high-risk areas, are properly informed and
prepared against disasters.
Congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento of Samar’s First District thanked the
US benefactors in the closing ceremony.
very thankful to the US Navy Ship Mercy, to the Armed Forces of the
Philippines, and Local government units, for their valuable
contributions in humanitarian and civic assistance programs intended
not only to provide relief and temporary solutions, but more so in
teaching the importance of preparation and precaution.”