May 05, 2015 02:54 AM

By: Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS City – The month-long Balikatan Exercises in Panay held mostly in Capiz culminated with a turn-over of completed two-classroom building at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial School in Brgy. Taft, Tapaz town recently.

According to 3ID Public Affairs Office head, Major Rey Tiongson, the the PH-US Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Exercise concluded with the turn-over of the school built by both Filipino and US soldiers.

Aside from the construction of the school building, the team repaired and repainted the classrooms of San Nicolas National High School in Brgy. San Nicolas, Tapaz.

The US team also conducted disaster response and health seminars to empower local communities in disaster preparedness, response, relief and rehabilitation.

Earlier, some members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, 3ID soldiers and reservists from the 6th Regional Community Defense were trained by the troop on Basic First Responders Training.

A similar training was likewise conducted for health personnel, social workers, barangay volunteers and some residents of barangays San Nicolas and Taft in Tapaz town.

Present during the closing ceremonies were top officials of the Armed Forced of the Philippines and US, including PH-US Balikatan 2015 Exercise Director Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, US Naval Facilities Engineering Command of the US Pacific Command Rear Admiral Bret Muilenberg,  AFP Central Commander Lt Gen Nicanor Vivar, 3ID Commander Major General Rey Leonardo Guerrero,  Philippine Army’s 53rd Engineering Brigade Commander Colonel Arnold Rafael Depakakibo.

Capiz officials led by Governor Victor Tanco, Tapaz Mayor Rosemarie Gardose and Capiz Schools Division Superintendent Miguel Mac Aposin were also present. (PIA-Capiz)