CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, July 2 (PIA) — B. Gen Gerardo Layug, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army declared that the accomplishments of the biggest U.S. humanitarian mission in Samar exceeded targets.
Layug was assigned as the ground commander during the project that started in June 18 and ended today.
Pacific Partnership is the largest humanitarian and civic action mission in the Asia Pacific region designed to strengthen regional partnership and enhance a collective ability to respond to natural disasters and crisis, according to Lt Cmdr Matthew Breedlove, the USNS in charge of the media affairs.
“We succeeded because our dedication to serve the people and our collective effort is reflective of our ‘Bayanihan’ spirit, all throughout the conduct of the Pacific Partnership 2012,” Layug said in his message.
He reported that the medical/dental missions done in 25 sites in Samar and Northern Samar treated 25,000 patients. The engineering projects were done ahead of schedule and instead of just three projects; one additional structure was also completed.
“We saw the full support and unity of all government officials in Samar and cause-oriented organizations,” he said.
The general also cited the combined efforts of the different national government agencies like health, education, defense, police working together as one to serve the Samarenos.
Although the general did not specify the locations of the infrastructure components, organizers mentioned school buildings in Barangay Malaga, Palanit and health centers in Calbayog and Gandara.
“The Disaster Preparedness subject matter expert exchange also generated positive feedbacks and inputs on how to enhance our capacity to respond to disasters,” Layug added.
He also mentioned the veterinary missions, public engagements, community services, donations of school supplies, and equipment to the health centers.
After acknowledging the benefactors of the various humanitarian projects in Samar, the general bid the project implementers goodbye.
“As you set sail to Subic Bay from Samar Island, and on to Vietnam and Cambodia, I wish you clear skies, calm seas and fair winds,” he said. (PIA 8, Samar with reports from ECB)