BALIKATAN 2010

BALIKATAN 2010. Representatives of the Philippines and the United States (L-R: BGen. William Faulkner, Charge d’Affaires Leslie Bassett, Foreign Affairs Under Secretary Erlinda Basilio, Gen. Victor Ibrado, and Rear Admiral Ramon Espera) link arms at the opening ceremony for Balikatan 2010 at Camp Aguinaldo, Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters on March 9, 2010. Balikatan 2010 will focus on training the armed forces of the United States and the Philippines to provide relief and assistance together, in the event of natural disasters and other crises that endanger public health and safety. Military service members of both countries will conduct free medical, dental and veterinary clinics; construct school classrooms and other community infrastructure; and engage in combined staff exercises and field training in Ilocos Sur, Cavite, and parts of Central Luzon.