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Balikatan exercise offers livelihood opportunity to locals in Tarlac

CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac City — The ongoing Balikatan exercises 38-23 at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base (CERAB) in Crow Valley, Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac, is a big help for small businesses and to the livelihood of the residents of said town after allowing them to set up their food, souvenir, and barber stalls near the area.

The CERAB in Capas, Tarlac, is among the sites for live fire training for Balikatan Exercise 38-23 in Northern Luzon Command Joint Operational Area.

According to Diana Sarmiento, one of the food vendors who owned one of the 40 stalls established near the exercise area claimed that the Balikatan Exercise offers a livelihood opportunity for them.

“Most of us do not have jobs, which is why we are grateful of the Balikatan Exercise taking place in our area, a source for our daily basic necessities, even temporarily.” She said.

The residents and vendors also shared their insights and understanding about the ongoing Balikatan Exercise, adding that the exercise is beneficial for both their livelihood and national security.

“We feel safe and secure; we can see the exercise they are holding and the strong relationship between the two countries. The training that they are doing will surely make our military forces stronger.” Said Mr. Sherwin Capiral of Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac.

Meanwhile, Ms Maita Claire L Bartolome, Capas Tarlac’s acting Tourism Officer, told the public that tourism in the municipality is continuous despite the ongoing Balikatan Exercise.

“The Balikatan Exercise did not hamper the ongoing tourism activities here in Tarlac; we are still in full operation, except that we set an early cut-off time.”

She also urged tourists, particularly those who wished to visit Mt. Pinatubo, to come and visit the site, noting that the Balikatan exercise and the tourism industry had benefited the locals of Barangay Sta Juliana, Capas, Tarlac, with their small businesses.

The Balikatan exercise kicked off on April 11 and will run until April 28, an annual bilateral exercise between the Filipino and US forces – the largest iteration of Balikatan to date. (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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