Mga Pilipino at Amerikanong sundalo, sumabak sa matinding pagsasanay sa nagpapatuloy na joint naval exercises
UNTV News • July 5, 2012 • 10505
Magkasamang nagsasanay ang naval force ng United States at ng Pilipinas para sa Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training o CARAT 2012. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)
SOUTH COTABATO, Philippines — Binisita ng ilang miyembro ng media kahapon ang isinasagawang Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training o CARAT 2012 sa pagitan ng mga sundalong Amerkano at Pilipino.
Dinatnan ng mga mamamahayag ang damage control exercises sa isa sa mga US Navy Ship na dumating sa Pilipinas para sa CARAT 2012.
Ipinakita ang loob ng bagong naval ship na kasalukuyang naka daong sa Makar Wharf ng General Santos City.
Ang nasabing barko ay may mga modern technology at armaments na malaking advantage ng US naval forces na maaring magamit ng mga Pilipino.
“Ang Philippine Navy, mayroon tayong mga bagong ships na ina-acquire. Yung isa nga yung galing sa kanila, US Coast Guard vessel yun na kinumisyon nila. Mayroon pa tayong parating na isa, tapos may mga helicopter pa na parating din na i-aacquire natin na mga bago. Marami pang ibang mga equipment para sa modernization ng Philippine Navy,” ani Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Commander Commodore Philip Cacayan.
Lulan ng barkong ito ang humigit kumulang dalawang daang (200) crew na kasama sa fire control at fire fighting drill na parte rin ng CARAT Exercise.
May US helicopter din na ginagamit para sa nasabing drill.
Kasabay ng exercise na ito ay ang small-boat training, na ginagawa sa baybayin ng Seguil.
Dito’y tinuruan ng mga sundalong Amerkano ang kanilang mga Filipino-counterpart kung paano resolbahin ang hostage-taking crisis na maaring mangyari habang nasa laot.
Ayon pa kay Commodore Philip Cacayan, hindi lamang ang mga Philipine Marines ang matututo sa nasabing exercises.
Nakakakuha rin ng taktika mula sa mga sundalong Pilipino ang mga American representative na maaring nilang gamitin sa kanilang bansa.
“Sa subject matter expert exchanges merong tayong lecturer na Pilipino from our counterpart..meron din from US. Hindi lang sila ang nagle-lecture sa atin,” ani NFEM Commander Cacayan
Pagkatapos ng nasabing drill ay magkakaroon ng martial arts training kung saan tuturuan ng mga Pilipinong Marine ang kanilang US counterpart ng Philippine Martial Arts.
Ang pagpapalitan na ito ng karunungan at taktika ng mga Pilipino at Amerikanong naval forces sa pamamagitan ng CARAT ay walong taon nang ginagawa sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng Pilipinas.
Pahayag ni Commodore Dave Welch ng US Navy, “They are very professional force and Mo. Cartney said it’s up to the Filipino government and Philippine Navy what kind of capabilities they wanna have…. I wouldn’t compare the two, they are two different navies, with different capabilities.” (Ito Ang Balita ni Lipsy Grace Carayo, UNTV News)
For 13 years, Joe Dayaday has been an employee of Gaisano Mall in General Santos City. This has become his source of income to help his family get by.
On Wednesday (October 16), a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Mindanao which caused a fire at Gaisano Mall.
Huge flames torched the two-hectare mall that night, illuminating the surroundings as if the sun had never set.
It took 18 hours before authorities finally declared the fire out; it was around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday (October 17).
However, the mall was again engulfed in flames on Thursday night, leaving 90 percent of the establishment damaged.
The fire left an estimated P2 billion worth of damage, and that’s not counting the loss of livelihood it has brought to around 2,000 employees in Gaisano Mall.
As authorities finally declared fire out around 10:00 p.m. that Thursday night, uncertainty filled Joe’s heart.
“Maapektuhan talaga ang trabaho namin, marami kamung nagtatrabaho dito na maapektuhan, (Our jobs will be affected, a lot of us working here will be affected)” Joe said.
Uncertainty loomed over the 2,000 employees of Gaisano Mall, among whom is Hanzel Falalimpa.
Hanzel’s husband is currently in the hospital and it is up to her to support her family including her two children.
“Ako lang talaga ang nagtatrabaho sa amin ngayon tapos may dalawang anak pa ako, (I am the only worker in the family and I have two children)” she said. She is now at a loss where to find money for their daily needs and the hospital expenses of her husband.
Meanwhile, Joe is calling out to the government for assistance.
“Ang hiling namin sa pamahalaan sana matulungan kami na makahanap ng trabaho sa ibang kumpanya, (Our wish is for the government to help us find another job in other companies)” he said.
Assistant Department Head of City Social Welfare & Development Office GenSan Arabecque Batilong assured they will provide assistance to the employees affected by the fire.
“We gathered them sa G-Mall almost 2,000 silang empleyado. Mayroong mga ibang agencies whether private or government [that are] willing to employ them (We gathered them in G-Mall, almost 2,000 employees. There are other agencies whether private or governmentthat are willing to employ them)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 and 12 have deployed their personnel to the areas affected by the earthquake that hit several towns and cities on Wednesday night (Oct. 17).
They were sent to render assistance to the local government units in maintaining peace and order, and ensure that traffic will run smoothly to avoid delay in the supply of relief goods.
According to PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, police are also helping in the clearing operation in the affected buildings.
Banac added that the situation in the affected areas is still under control and there is still no need to send support units from the national headquarters.
“Ang kapulisan natin ay lumabas kaagad at nagbigay ng police presence para magbigay ng order, para maassure ang public na nandyan ang ating pamahalaan. Lahat ng available manpower. Yung iba ay umalalay sa local government units para mag rescue sa mga nasaktan na biktima,” Banac said.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), meanwhile, said it is ready to deploy its personnel from the Engineering Brigade should the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) requests for it.
“Lahat naman ng ating AFP units within the area are on ready standby and with the close collaboration with the NDRRMC ready to be deployed at short notice naman, so far according to the NDRRMC ay capable pa naman yung LGU’s natin in responding to any requirements,” AFP Public Affairs Office chief, Capt. Jonathan Zata said.
Wednesday night’s tremor left 29 structures in Regions 11 and 12 with significant damage.
These malls include SM, Veranza Mall and Gaisano Mall in General Santos City, and the KCC Mall in Koronadal City.
Other structures that sustained damage were:
the Municipal Hall of Magsaysay in Davao Del Sur
the Sangguniang Bayan Building in M’Lang, Cotabato
A bill seeking to increase the monthly hazard pay of the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) stationed in conflict areas has been lodged in the Senate.
In filing Senate Bill No. 970, Senator Manny Pacquiao proposed to raise to P20,000 the current P540 monthly hazard pay of soldiers in conflict areas.
The proposal also seeks to increase to P10,000 each month the hazard pay of civilian doctors and nurses under the AFP Memorial Medical Center (AFPMMC) and those who provide aid and medical assistance to the military in the field.
“Personnel of AFP are the country’s frontlines in dealing with apprehensions in the borders and tensions with terrorist and extremist groups. The AFP defends our country despite the exposure to danger and possibly risking their lives,” he said.
“It’s only appropriate to compensate those who risk their lives to serve and protect our country,” he added.
The bill states that funds for the implementation of the measure shall be included in the yearly General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Pacquiao said he introduced the bill after noting that the hazard pay for uniformed personnel remained fix at P540 after the base pay increase of the military and other uniformed personnel became effective this year.
In 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a resolution authorizing salary increase for soldiers, police officers and other uniformed personnel in the government.
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