From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 26): US, AFP gird up for Operation Pacific Angel 2013 in Negros Oriental
The United States and the Philippines are finalizing plans to conduct a
humanitarian assistance mission known as Operation Pacific Angel, set to
kick-off on March 4 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
About 80 members of the U.S. military, the Armed Forces of the Philippines
(AFP) and a number of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) led by the
Oriental Negros Children’s Advocacy Network (ONCAN) are participating in
Operation Pacific Angel 2013 from March 4 to 9 in at least five areas in the
The U.S. Embassy in Manila, in a news release, also said Operation Pacific
Angel 2013 will include medical, dental, optometry and engineering programs as
well as various subject-matter expert exchanges.
ONCAN head Marrietta Jambora confirmed that Operation Pacific Angel 2013 will
be held in Dumaguete City, specifically at the Lamberto Macias Sports and
Cultural Complex, and mobile teams in Pamplona, Amlan, Tanjay City and Dauin.
Part of the activity include the repair of three classrooms, namely, the
Tugawe Elementary School in Dauin, the Bio-os Elementary School in Amlan and the
Pamplona Elementary School in Pamplona, according to Jambora.
Jambora said the provincial government of Negros Oriental and the local
governments are partners in the said activity.
The Dumaguete City Tourism Office will provide nightly cultural presentations
while partner NGOs will be allowed to set up booths at the vicinity of the
Macias Sports Center.
According to Jambora, ONCAN sought free internal and external humanitarian
and disaster relief assistance for Negros Oriental as early as August last year
following two major calamities that struck the province, namely Tropical Storm
Sendong in December of 2011 and the magnitude 6.9 killer earthquake on February
A final planning was held last December here in Dumaguete.
Meanwhile, according to the US Embassy-Manila news release, Operation Pacific
Angel is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance led by Pacific Air Forces
and is now on its sixth year.
“The exercise is a capacity-building and experience-sharing effort hosted by
U.S. Pacific Command and implemented jointly with other governments,
non-governmental agencies, and multilateral militaries in the Asia Pacific
region to provide medical, dental, optometry, and engineering assistance to
“The experience gained through participation in this mission can be applied
during future humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts”, the news
During the previous Pacific Angel in the Philippines in 2012, more than 8,500
people in the Bicol Province of Albay received medical, dental, and optometry
care. Hundreds more were the beneficiaries of subject-matter expert exchanges,
to include sessions on women's health, oral hygiene, and water sanitation.
Four additional Pacific Angel missions are scheduled for 2013 in the Asia
They include Indonesia (April 22 to 26) in Yogyjakarta, Java Island; Vietnam
(June 10 to 14) in Quang Binh Province; Sri Lanka (August 5 to 10) in Jaffna
Province; and Cambodia (September 9 to 14) in the Ratanakiri area.