Manila, January 4, 2022—The United States Civil-Military Support Element (CMSE-PHL) recently conducted tactical combat casualty care and medical first responder training with the Philippine Coast Guard Special Operations Group (PCG -SOG) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) and Bantay Dagat in Iba, Zambales to support their maritime search and rescue and law enforcement missions.
A total of 55 Filipino uniformed and volunteer staff attended the trainings held November 22-27 and December 12-16, 2021. The sessions improved the capacity of PCG-SOG and PNP-MG to respond and process both trauma and drowning which they might encounter in the line of duty.
In Puerto Princesa, CMSE-PHL conducted five days of medical training which culminated in a mock injury exercise. In Iba, the training directly supported the coastal policing mission of the PNP-MG, while the basic rescue techniques presented at Bantay Dagat enabled the organization of volunteers to better respond to medical emergencies, including helping residents. from Iba who earn their living by fishing in the West. Philippine Sea.
“Our team is proud to train with the PCG and PNP-MG and support them on their missions in the Western Philippine Sea,” said Captain Richard Hinman, CMSE-PHL team leader. “We have been continuously impressed with their professionalism, dedication and ability, and look forward to continuing our strong partnerships in Palawan and Zambales. “
According to PCG-Palawan District Commander, Captain Angel Vellar, the training “exemplifies the close and ongoing relationship between the United States and the Philippines.”
For his part, Iba PNP-MG Station Chief PLTC Rommel DG Sobrido said, “The medical training provided by CMSE-PHL will be of great help to the community we serve and is a great example of how our partnership can. benefit the people of the Philippines. “
This training partnership exemplifies the close relationship between friends, partners and allies of the United States and the Philippines in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region by strengthening maritime law enforcement and search and rescue maritime.