BOGO CITY, Cebu, July 2, 2017 – The Philippine leg of Pacific Angel 2017 came to a close today with a ceremony hosted by the City of Bogo in Barangay Libertad.
The ceremony included cultural performances, certificate presentations, and remarks from Major General James Eifert from the US Pacific Air Forces, Brigadier General Alan Arrojado from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Bogo City Mayor Carlo Martinez.
Over the course of ten days, military personnel from the Philippines, U.S., Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia worked in conjunction with the local governments, schools and community members to conduct subject matter expert exchanges, completed electrical, plumbing and repairs of schools and health centers, and provided dental, optometric, pediatric, physical therapy and general health care to the people of northern Cebu.
Major General Eifert said, “These efforts are a visible expression of the United States’ commitment to the Indo-Asia Pacific region and demonstrate our continuing resolve to support international disaster and humanitarian relief efforts in this region. Likewise, this event highlights the importance that the United States places in our steadfast relationship with the Philippines.”
Pacific Angel doctors and technicians were able to see over 6,000 patients throughout the five days of health services outreach in Libertad Elementary School and Anapog Integrated School.
“It has been an honor being here in the Philippines and working with the community and our multi-lateral partners,” said Lt. Col. Edward Khim, Pacific Angel 2017 Philippines mission commander. “Not only were we able to provide structural repairs at seven different sites, but our doctors saw a record-breaking number of patients. At the end of the day though, it’s not about the numbers, it’s about building partnerships and learning from each other.”
While Pacific Angel events in the Philippines are now complete, Pacific Angel 2017 will continue in three other locations; Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam; Northern and Western Divisions, Fiji; and Gorkha, Nepal.