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Monday, June 27, 2016

Pacific Partnership 2016 reels off in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, June 27 (PIA) – The provincial government of Albay has welcome officers and crew of the US Navy Ship Mercy in a showcase of the province’s known hospitality during the opening ceremonies of the Pacific Partnership 2016 on Monday, June 27.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda led the reception party for the top military officers of the US Navy aboard the hospital ship, led by RDML Bruce Gillingham of the Navy Medicine West, Capt. Peter Robertsof the USN-Medical Treatment Facility - Mercy and Capt. Tom Williams, the USN-Mission Commander of the Pacific Partnership 2016.

Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines present meanwhile were Bgen. Melquiades Feliciano, DCS for CMO; Bgen. Claudio, commander of the JTF-PP16; and Capt. Giovanni Bacordo (GSC) of the Philippine Navy Southern Luzon, among other officers of the military as well as police officers in the region.

Mayor Noel Rosal of this city delivered the welcome message citing that the city government here is very well appreciative of the humanitarian care mission that will be carried out under the Pacific Partnership 2016 at it will bring and help augment essential services to the people, including medical and dental services, engineering civic action program, social services, among others.

Now in its 11th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.

Along with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, both uniformed units and local governments and other civilian agencies will get on a twelve-day partnership that focuses on civic-action projects, community health exchanges, medical symposiums, and humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) drills.

This year’s Pacific Partnership is headed by the US led multinational force with Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand all embarked on the USNS Mercy, which will anchor off the coast of Albay Gulf. The Governor’s Night followed immediately after the opening ceremonies have been concluded to showcase the Bicolano culture through songs and dances.

The Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) also showcased the different tourists spots offering our visitors the opportunity to experience and come across these places as a matter of cultural exchange between the Albayano and visiting guests.

The Pacific Partnership will be until the 10th of July having concluded and covered all activities in the different locations in Albay. (MAL/ANBuan-JTFPP16/PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211467247565/pacific-partnership-2016-reels-off-in-albay#sthash.kQJq5HWA.dpuf

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