The United States and Philippine governments will hold a humanitarian assistance mission, “Operation Pacific Angel”, that will start March 4 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
About 80 members of the U.S. military, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and local non-governmental organizations, led by the Oriental Negros Children’s Advocacy Network, will participate in the mission that ends on March 9 in five areas of the province.
The U.S. Embassy in Manila said in a press release that the outreach will include medical, dental, optometry and engineering programs and other subject-matter expert exchanges.
ONCAN head Marrietta Jambora yesterday said the activity will be held at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex, and mobile teams will be deployed to Pamplona, Amlan, Tanjay City and Dauin, Negros Oriental.
The Dumaguete City Tourism Office will provide nightly cultural presentations, and partner NGOs will set up booths at the Macias Sports Center.
The activity includes the repair of classrooms of the Tugawe Elementary School in Dauin, the Bio-os ES in Amlan and the Pamplona ES, and is in partnership with the provincial, city and town officials, she added.
The 6th outreach program will be led by the Pacific Air Forces. In last year’s operation, more than 8,500 residents of Bicol, Albay received medical, dental and optometry care services, and hundreds more benefited from the sessions on women's health, oral hygiene and water sanitation, the press release said.
Four additional Pacific Angel missions are scheduled for 2013 in the Asia Pacific region, the press release added.*JFP
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