Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) based in Palawan province will join the United States Pacific Air Force (Pacaf) in a mutual Humanitarian Civil Assistance (HCA) and Civil Military Operations (CMO) to enhance the response of both armed forces during calamities and disasters. Lt. Col. Emmanuel A. Canilla, chief of the civil military operations of the Army’s Western Command, said that the Pacific Unity 2013 is very timely since the military takes significant efforts to strengthen humanitarian, disaster response, and civic action programs. Canilla also said the upcoming event will be another opportunity to enhance the AFP’s capabilities in ensuring a safe and secure environment for our people. The joint undertaking is in line with the Pacific Unity 2013, a U.S. Pacific Command-funded humanitarian assistance mission. It is also a bilateral and joint engineering civic action program in cooperation with the city government, the Department of Education Puerto Princesa City District, and the Palawan-based Philippine Air Force 570th Composite Tactical Wing.