Balikatan activities will kick off in Palawan on Thursday, April 07,
as part of Balikatan Joint Exercises of United States and Philippine Armed Forces (BK 16) from April 4 to 15 according to Capt Cheryl Tindog, Public Information Officer of Western Command.
As part of the first phase, BK 16 will be conducting preliminary work on five different schools and community medical engagements in Panay and Palawan leading to information exchanges and live training events over a 12-day period.
First in a row for Palawan is Reading and Teaching English and Book Distribution at Wescom Elementary School. On the 11th of the month, there will be First Aid Disaster Response, Sanitation, Hygiene Nutrition and Community Health Education Training at Inagawan, Mangingisda, Luzviminda, Kamuning and Inagawan-Sub.
There will also be a 3-day Tactical Combat ang Casualty Care Training at Marquez Hall, 570th Antonio Bautista Air Base at the Western Command.
There are other field activities to be held in Bacungan, Napsan, Simpocan, Cabayugan, Marufinas, and New Panggangan.
In the following weeks, it is expected that U.S. forces will join in the AFP as they work shoulder-to-shoulder during these engagements and throughout the exercise.
Balikatan is an annual Philippine-U.S. military bilateral training exercise which aims to work for Humanitarian Disaster Response and Strengthen Inter-operability.