By 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.