AFP assures observance of health protocols during Visayas joint exercises

Published October 21, 2021, 9:00 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) assured that health protocols will be strictly observed for this year’s joint exercises.

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Jose Faustino Jr. on Thursday, October 21, said the current COVID-19 pandemic should not prevent the AFP from holding military trainings and from carrying out its mission.

Faustino graced the opening ceremony of the AFP Joint Exercises (AJEX) Dagat-Langit-Lupa (DAGIT-PA) at the headquarters of the Visayas Command (Viscom) in Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City.

DAGIT-PA is AFP’s annual unilateral exercise that seeks to enhance further its land, air and maritime assets in joint inter-operability operations.

More than 1,000 active and reserve soldiers will participate in the training, which will run until November.

The training will focus on territorial defense, internal security operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives and cyber defense operations.

To ensure safety, all participants will undergo COVID-19 testing.

“This is one of our biggest military exercises where we can show not only our military assets but also the capability of each unit from the Philippine Army, Navy and Air Force,” Faustino said.

Most of the trainings will be held in Panay and Antique, which are part of the 3rd Infantry Division in the Visayas.

“Continuous military education and trainings are indispensable to the AFP. It is through the conduct of traning exercises such as the AJEX DAGITPA that we can truly guarantee our toops’ competencies and capabilities are enhanced and optimized in order for them to promptly respond to a wide spectrum of combat and non-combat requirements,” Faustino said.