SAN JOSE de BUENAVISTA, Antique — The Balikatan Exercises 2016 conducted in this municipality is successful, according to Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, the 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army Public Information Officer in Panay.
“It run smoothly and peacefully . We are grateful for the support and cooperation of government agencies in San Jose, the LGU and the provincial government, as well as the local populace,” Tiongson said.
One feedback that the Panay leg officers received was that the public, particularly those residing in the vicinity of the EBJ Memorial airport, where the C130 planes had its landing since Monday, April 11, was that they wanted to have the opportunity to get inside the airport’s premises to have their pictures taken with the big airplanes.
“We will consider it on our next Balikatan,” added Tiongson, “we will recommend it to the higher officials.”
It was established that this Balikatan Exercises aimed to prepare the men of both Armed Forces of the U.S. and the Philippines in relief operations, bringing in supplies and logistics as well as medical mission in places affected by natural calamities.
“Everything that was done were simulation exercises to improve our men’s capability to respond faster in the event of a disaster and other crisis, “ said Tiongson.
Meanwhile, Tiongson reiterated that the officers and men of the two countries’ armed forces “showed strong improvement when it comes to preparations, readiness and execution of their tactics, technique and procedures and I believe they all passed with flying colors.”
Balikatan Exercises opened April 4 at Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz and is scheduled to end on April 16 with the ceremonial turning-over of three classroom buildings at Dingle, Iloilo, Jamindan and Tapaz in Capiz province. PNA/ northboundasia.com