From DVIDS (May 10): Philippine, US military medical professionals exchange best first aid practices
Philippine Marines and a U.S. Navy Corpsman prepare to bandage a patient during a simulated casualty exercise during combat lifesaver training at Crow Valley, Philippines, May 8, 2014, during Balikatan 2014. The training was designed for non-medical personnel and developed the skills necessary to administer first aid in a field environment. Balikatan is an annual training exercise that strengthens the interoperability between the armed forces of the Philippines and U.S. military in their commitment to regional security and stability, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Sissel/Released)
CROW VALLEY, Philippines – Philippine and U.S. Marines exchanged combat medical techniques during a bilateral exchange of best practices May 8, 2014, for Balikatan 2014.
The Marines from both nations taught each other how to manage bleeding, splint broken limbs, apply occlusive dressings, administer IVs and triage patients in their own ways during the all-day event.
Philippine Marine Master Sgt. Jesus D. De Guia, a corpsman with 7th Marine Brigade, said the bilateral training benefited both nations.
“It's a sharing of ideas. We are able to help each other in terms of knowledge. We learn from them and they learn from us,” De Guia said. “It's a great opportunity for the guys to be training side-by-side with the U.S. Marine Corps.”
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jerween R. Viola, who is assigned to 3rd Medical Battalion, said Filipinos, like De Guia, taught him to be a better medic.
“I learned a lot from them, especially adapting and overcoming,” Viola said. “They taught me how to use things we don't have in our bags: bamboo sticks, plywood, cardboard boxes ... plentiful resources.”
Viola said cardboard boxes can be used for splinting material, and bamboo sticks can be used to make an improvised litter.
“Training with the Filipino Marines is very fulfilling,” he said.
Balikatan is an annual training exercise that strengthens the interoperability between the armed forces of the Philippines and U.S. military in their commitment to regional security and stability, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
The program opened with du’a led by Ust. Abdulmanap Alang and Pastor Dalisay followed by a welcome address by Vice Mayor Hon. Atty. Russell Abonado. In his message, he wished that the Bangsamoro Government will guarantee democratic participations among common people.
Datu Mando “Manny” Pedtamanan, a third termer Municipal Councilor of Kabacan and now a member of the Peace and Order Committee of the Province of North Cotabato, expressed gratitude to LGU officials headed by Mayor Joselito Piñol, to Vice Mayor Abonado, the barangay chairmen, the religious sector and the academe for the first ever dialogue on Bangsamoro issue held in Mlang, North Cotabato.
Hon. Mayor Joselito Peñol said that, “I never wanted to be a bad example for the next generation’s history and I salute the GPH- MILF Peace Panels for signing the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB) and CAB especially the Annex on Normalization.” “The LGU of Mlang now understands the inclusiveness of the Bangsamoro Government.
Datu Jabib Guiabar, Local Monitoring Team of the Province of Cotabato said that, “Peace and development could be achieved in every undertaking by way of communicating the value of peace.” He conveyed his congratulations to the attendees for participating in the activity where they were able to understand the CAB.
Lt. Col. Donald Gumiran, the 7IB Base Commander of the Philippines Army told his fellow participants to push forward the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). And he added, “As a soldier we will extend our repressive action anytime at any one or group that may spoil the peace process much more if needed by every Filipino in the region.
Prof. Esmael A. Abdula, BLMI Steering Committee Member, CMM Chairman and KDFI Senior Consultant, the invited resource person delved on the Bangsamoro new political entity and discussed thoroughly the FAB, CAB and the four annexes. He told the participants that the CAB is not for the MILF alone but it is for every peace loving people in the Bangsamoro and Mindanao in general. He further said that, “Moros that reside outside of the territory will also benefit from the resources of the new region”.
Prof. Abdula expressed his appreciation and recognition of the gesture of Mayor Piñol in coming up with the dialogue. He also cited Datu Manny Pidtamanan, Hon. Mohammad Datu Killy Antao Al-hadj (1st District Board Member of North Cotabato) and Mads Timpolok for initiating the very significant and valuable peace dialogue.
On his part, Moidjoddin K. Talusob, Executive Director of KDFI also recognized the peaceful co-existence of Moros and Christians in the locality and their support to the peace initiatives of the government. He lauded the efforts of Mayor Piñol and members of the sangguniang bayan (municipal council) in organizing the dialogue.
He also added that the CAB clearly defined transitional justice and reconciliation among the tri-people of Bangsamoro and expects the dawning of development for Muslims, Christians and the indigenous people under the new region, if Allah’s will.
At the end of the dialogue the participants asked Prof. Abdula to conduct another round of similar program on CAB intended for Muslims and Christian residents of Mlang.