CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – “We conducted one of the important components of this year’s balikatan exercises at Calayan Island, in the province of Cagayan, an island municipality where typhoon frequently visits.”
Acccording to Major Celeste Frank Sayson, spokesman BK17, the exercise is one of the few peculiar events of BK2017 for it involves Combined Army Forces (CARFOR) between PH and US. The exercise is called Bilateral Service Interoperability Event of our land base forces. The exercise was a culmination of a series of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges Simulations conducted by CaRFOR ar various site like headquarters 5th Infantry Division in Upo Isabela, and Sta Ana Cagayan and some areas of 7th Infantry Division. The event was participated by Calayan LGU, local populace, municipal disaster response teams, and US and PH forces coming from the Army of both forces. It was participated by more than 200 individuals. US Black Hawk helicopters were used during the air evacuation scenarious.
This event is one of the AFP’s training objectives for BK17, to prepare our ground troops in extreme scenarious and work together with local populace in emrgency responses, especially in natural disasters. – BK17 / MCAG