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Air force official pays courtesy call to Wescom

Published: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The commander of the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) paid a courtesy call to the Armed Forces of the Philippines camp in Palawan on the morning of 05 April 2013.

 BGEN WILLIAM P TURALDE AFP, commander AFRC was welcomed by Western Command deputy commander BGEN ELMER R AMON AFP at the Camp General Artemio Ricarte in Puerto Princesa City, the island province's capital. 

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Bemedaled U7 chief relinquishes post

Published: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

OUTGOING U7 head Marine Lt. Col. Juan Ismael T. Villadolid was in the last three years a straightforward, no-nonsense chief of the Civil Military Operations of the Western Command.

 As U7 from 2010 up to April 4, 2013, Villadolid had directed more than a thousand civil-military action operations in his area of responsibility.

 Villadolid said the bulk of this missions comprised 'civac' at the height of the anti-insurgency campaign, implementing IPSP Bayanihan of the national government.

 "Understanding and applying CMO IPSP is not easy. It is a work in progress that requires everybody’s support. Hindi baleng makulit, ang mahalaga, focused at aligned pa rin tayo sa overall strategy. And most importantly, we are relevant and responsive to the needs of the target audience as manifested by higher headquarters’ appreciation of our efforts here in Palawan,” Villadolid said in his remarks.

 In his speech at the turnover rites, Wescom Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Elmer R. Amon AFP cited Villadolid's strategy of combining 'diplomatic, informational, military, economic, and socio political initiatives' in Palawan through partnerships with key local leaders.

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French naval vessel in Puerto Princesa for goodwill visit

Published: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

THE French Navy ship FS Vendemiaire arrived in Puerto Princesa yesterday morning as part of their two-day goodwill visit to Palawan.

 

The vessel’s 92-strong crew including officers headed by its captain Commander Joffrey Gerry FN were received by the Western Command deputy commander BGEN Elmer Amon.

 

CDR Gerry said there won’t be any exercises during their visit.

 

Goodwill visits, Gerry said, is one way for the Navy to learn the culture, expertise and capabilities of the French Navy.

 

Personnel from the Naval Forces West, the Philippine Navy unit in Palawan will also have a chance to familiarize themselves with French’ weaponry, machineries and other capabilities of their ship.

 

The French vessel’s visit marks its first in Palawan. It visited Manila in 2009 and Cebu in 2012.

 

FS Vendemiaire is a light monitoring frigate or warship of the French Marine Nationale. It has missiles, guns, a turret and a helicopter.

 

They are docked at the Naval tidepole pier in Puerto Princesa.

 

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New WESCOM chief promises more military efforts for Palawan dev't

Published: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The new chief of the Western Command, Maj. Gen. Rustico Guerrero AFP guaranteed today to double military efforts in Palawan to help it achieve its mission in the province.

 Guerrero, who formally replaced Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban AFP as the WESCOM commander on April 1, said with a “doubled military effort,” he will continue focusing on the three major aspects of developmental support for the province: that of ensuring territorial integrity of the areas under the command's jurisdiction, enhancing disaster response management, and strengthening partnerships with the civil groups.

 "We will address the internal security concerns, we will continue to support the environmental groups and local government units' initiatives to sustain environmental protection efforts and, of course, we will find ways to further enhance disaster response in the province," Guerrero assured.

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