ILOILO CITY — Fifty marine soldiers under the United States Pacific Command will be in Yolanda’s hardest hit town of Tapaz as well as Jamindan, Capiz to participate in the week-long Balikatan 2015 starting April 7.
Major Ray Tiongson, Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, said that the American marines will conduct disaster response training in Jamindan and preventive health seminar in Tapaz with the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Capiz Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council attending.
Civilians particularly health workers will also be involved as part of the humanitarian assistance of the US government.
Tiongson stressed that the Balikatan would provide purely training and seminar for the around 300 participants in terms of disaster risk reduction whenever there would be calamities and on preventive health.
The US Marines will also be putting up a school building with two classrooms starting this week in Barangay Taft in Tapaz. It will be turned over last week of April during the closing of the Balikatan.
Also, the US Marines will conduct assessment of the Iloilo International Port and Iloilo Airport by next month. They are also scheduled to make a courtesy call to Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr.