• Short Summary

    THE PHILIPPINES HAS A NON-FIGHTING FORCE OF 2,000 MEN IN EMBATTLED VIETNAM. THE FORCE IS?

  • Description

    THE PHILIPPINES HAS A NON-FIGHTING FORCE OF 2,000 MEN IN EMBATTLED VIETNAM. THE FORCE IS KNOWN AS THE 1ST PHILIPPINE CIVIC ACTION GROUP. SINCE ITS ARRIVAL SIX MONTHS AGO, THE GROUP HAS HELPED TO DEVELOP MANY PROVINCES WHICH HAVE BEEN NEGLECTED IN THE COURSE OF THE WAR.

    THE GROUP IS MADE UP OF DOCTORS AND NURSES, ARMY ENGINEERS AND SECURITY FORCES. THEY ARE BASED JUST OUTSIDE TAY NINH CITY, ABOUT 70 MILES NORTHWEST OF SAIGON, NEAR THE CAMBODIAN BORDER.

    THIS IS THANH DIEN, NOW A REFUGEE CENTRE. IT WAS ONCE A FORESTED AREA AND A VIETCONG STRONGHOLD FOR 15 YEARS.

    IN THE COURSE OF DUTY, MEMBERS OF THE TEAM, WHOSE COMMANDER IS GENERAL TOBIAS, EXPERIENCED SPORADIC VIETCONG RESISTANCE, AMONG THE ARTICLES SEIZED FROM THE ENEMY, INCLUDE SEVERAL PLASTIC DOLLS, LOADED WITH EXPLOSIVES.

    THIS VIETCONG TRIO WERE SAID TO HAVE SURRENDERED THEMSELVES THROUGH FRIENDLY APPROACHES BY THE FILIPINOS.

    TO-DATE, THE TEAM HAS PROVIDED MEDICAL, SURGICAL AND DENTAL CARE TO MORE THAN 117,000 PEOPLE IN THE PROVINCES OF TAY NINH, BINH DUONG, DINH TUONG AND HAU NGHAI. IN TAY NINH, THEY ESTABLISHED DIRECT PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE CONTACT IN 57 HAMLETS AND HELPED THEM WITH THE DEFENSIVE SYSTEM AGAINST VIETCONG SNEAK ATTACKS.

    UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF SECURITY FORCES, THE ENGINEERING SECTION IS ASSISTING IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGES. THIS IS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM NEIGHBOURING VILLAGES AND PROVINCES TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER. THE ARMY ENGINEERS ARE WORKING WITH VIETNAMESE CIVILIAN COUNTERPARTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7Z2AWQJ0R3WTKP6SRYR7522JJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7Z2AWQJ0R3WTKP6SRYR7522JJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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