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Pacific Partnership 2012 school building project
Commodore James Morgan (4th from left) of the US Navy, mission commander of the Pacific Partnership 2012 during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed 2-classroom school building at Barangay Palanit, San isidro, Northern Samar conducted last June 29, 2012.

By 20th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
June 29, 2012

BRGY MAGSAYSAY, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar  –  Due to the overwhelming support of all the stakeholders in the entire province of Northern Samar, the conduct of Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12) activities was successfully completed in the province of Northern Samar.

In his report to Colonel Rolando C Malinao, the Commanding Officer of 803Bde, 8ID, PA,  Lieutenant Colonel Noel Vestuir, Commanding Officer of 20IB, stressed that his unit has successfully secured the conduct of PP12 activities in the entire area due to the support and assistance of all the security elements, the 3rd Regional Public Safety Company of the PNP, to include local officials from the Local Chief Executives down to the Barangay Tanods and the volunteer members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) in the barangays. The conduct of security operations is being supervised by the 803Bde Security Task Group headed by Col Mario G Lacurom.

Despite the threats posed by local terrorists, the security forces according to LTC Vestuir have performed their job of preempting any untoward incident that may disrupt the conduct of PP12 activities.

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 a have a synchronized and well-coordinated response when actual disaster strikes. These activities include, Humanitarian Assistance such as: Medical and Dental Civic Action Programs (MEDCAP); Veterinary Civic Action Program (VETCAP); Engineering Civic Action Programs (ENGCAP); Medical and Dental Subject Matter Expert Exchange (MEDSMEE); Veterinary Subject Matter Expert Exchange (VETSMEE) and Engineering Subject Matter Expert Exchange (ENGSMEE) among others.

The PP12 activities culminated during the ribbon cutting ceremony and subsequent turn-over of newly constructed two (2) classroom school building in Barangay Palanit, San Isidro, Northern Samar and the newly refurbished health center in Barangay Bugtong, Tinambacan District, Calbayog City respectively.

Honorable Congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento of the 1st District of Samar in his message during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, stressed that the completion of the engineering projects did not only showcased the physical aspect of an infrastructure that is very beneficial to people but most significantly it symbolized the strength of cooperation, convergence among partner nations, the support of local volunteers which is indeed the true and genuine essence of Bayanihan.

Colonel Rolando Malinao, the Commanding Officer of the 803Bde, expressed his thanks to the people in the area for their full support and cooperation during the conduct of the activities that started as early in the middle of May this year. According to Col Malinao, “the success of the entire activities could be attributed to the overall support of the people. Through their collective efforts, our security forces were able to prevent any untoward incident, the conduct of humanitarian assistance activities went on and completed smoothly, and most significantly, we have showed a strong message that indeed, the concept of convergence and Bayanihan in Northern Samar is now working at its best”.