CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) received donations of various medical supplies and equipment worth P2,075,000.00 from the United States Government on October 25, 2021.
The AFP Chief of Staff General Jose Faustino Jr. led the handover ceremony at the General Headquarters canopy area.
He was joined by Brigadier General Edgar Cardinoza, Commander of AFP Health Service Command (AFPHSC), and other senior military officers.
“The AFP is grateful to the United States Government for the donations which will surely enhance our capacity to afford our military personnel and their dependents the best health care services that we can provide,” said General Faustino.
The U.S. Government donated 30 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and 10 sets of Personal Protective Equipment.
These are intended to support the COVID19 response operations of the AFPHSC and are in line with the U.S. Government’s initiative to provide assistance to the Philippines in combatting the pandemic.
The donations were handed over by Mr. David Gamble, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, of the U.S. Embassy in Manila.
“This is just another step in our long partnership as treaty allies that has been going for 70 years. The ICU beds represent 30 of the 600 that the U.S. will be donating at PhP1.3 Billion worth of donations,” said Mr. Gamble.
Also present were Lieutenant Colonel James Kim, Deputy Chief of Joint United States Military Assistance Group-Philippines, and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Civil-Military Support Element Team led by Captain Travis Burleson.
“We will ensure that this equipment and supplies will be fully utilized to fulfill not only our COVID19 response efforts but more importantly for other medical needs that our personnel requires who incessantly render faithful and dedicated service to the Filipino people,” said General Faustino.