Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Naval forces in N. Luzon hold community service in P’sinan town

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 26, 2019): Naval forces in N. Luzon hold community service in P’sinan town

‘PAGSISIKAP 2019’. Philippine Navy Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) commander, Commodore Caesar Bernard Valencia speaks before the fishermen attending the forum on Tuesday (Nov. 26, 2019) at San Fabian, Pangasinan. NFNL conducted a community relations services in San Fabian town as part of the exercise. (Photo by Hilda Austria)

SAN FABIAN, Pangasinan -- The Philippine Navy (PN)’s Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) has conducted fishermen forum and medical missions and is set to distribute assistive devices to persons with disabilities here as part of the community relations services of exercise “PAGSISIKAP 2019”.

In an interview Tuesday, NFNL commander Commodore Caesar Bernard Valencia said the annual naval activity is being done to reach out to their other constituents, including fishermen.

“The forum is for us to hear from them personally how the Navy may help them along with other agencies, such as the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police’s Maritime Unit. They discussed to the fishermen the latest in the laws of the sea (fishing),”
he said.

He added the activities are in support to the North Luzon Command’s campaign of enhancing cooperation and trust of the community to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Among the issues brought out by the fisherfolk are illegal fishing by residents from other towns or cities of the province, as well as the use of illegal fishing materials and methods by other fishermen.

The forum covered the programs of BFAR for the fishermen. Some 80 fishermen from the 34 barangays of this town attended the forum and the medical missions.

Meanwhile, NFNL will also distribute 26 wheelchairs, nine single-tip canes, four blind-canes, nine crutches, and one walker to chosen beneficiaries from this town on Wednesday.

“The assistive devices are from non-government organizations who wanted to help through the Philippine Navy,” Valencia said.

Exercise “PAGSISIKAP 2019” is a Fleet-Marine amphibious exercise conducted by the PN to develop and achieve an amphibious-capable and credible force, and at the same time enable Fleet-Marine forces to be more efficient in the conduct of its mandated task.

Participants in this exercise include 350 sailors, 160 marines, and 70 reservists from the Naval Reserve Center Northern Luzon.

The Navy will utilize the recently-acquired landing dock platform BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), patrol escort vessel, BRP Pangasinan (PS-31), Philippine Marine Corps special operating units, the Naval Air Wing’s AW 109 helicopter, the Navy’s SEAL team, and Naval Combat Engineering team.


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