in the largest Pacific Mission for 2019
DPAO, 8ID PA
March 11, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine
Army is participating in a humanitarian and civic assistance (HCA)
mission in selected communities in Tacloban City from March 10 to
24, 2019. The opening ceremony of the Pacific Partnership 2019
(PP19) was held today at Patio Victoria, Brgy. San Jose, Tacloban
City at 9:00 A.M.
The Pacific Partnership is
an annual deployment of forces from the Pacific Fleet of the United
States Navy (USN), in cooperation with the government and military
forces of the host nation, along with the beneficiary Local
Government Unit (LGU), and non-government organizations.
This is the 8th Pacific
Partnership mission to visit the Philippines and 2nd to be held in
Tacloban City since 2014.
Humanitarian and Civil
Affairs/HCA activities such as medical and dental mission; and
engineer construction projects will focus mainly on disaster
preparedness/response and rehabilitation which will be done during
the two-week duration of the mission.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” said that “the 8ID will work
hand in hand with the US Armed Forces and the Local Government Units
(LGUs) to deliver much needed services in selected communities.”
“This undertaking with our
foreign counterpart will strengthen relationships among our
militaries and civilian leaders, enhance readiness in responding to
crisis, and exchange knowledge, and skills that will improve the
life of our people,” Farnacio added.