SANTA ANA, Cagayan: The US troops with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3d MEB) are working alongside their Armed Forces of the Philippines counterparts to repair elementary schools in the villages of Palawig and San Vicente in Santa Ana town, the US Embassy Information Office (USEIO) said. The construction work, from September 23 to October 11, is part of Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX), a US-Philippine bilateral military exercise that includes community assistance projects. Bilateral exercises such as PHIBLEX 33 ensure the US and Philippine armed forces train together to respond effectively during a real-world humanitarian disaster, USEIO said. The 3d MEB is in the country to participate in PHIBLEX 33, a signature element of the Philippine-US alliance focused on a variety of missions to include humanitarian assistance and amphibious capabilities demonstration.
LEANDER C. DOMINGO