Ni Joan Alcantara
Photo: AFP

LUNGSOD NG QUEZON — Tumanggap ng helicopter, rescue boats, at trucks ngayong araw, Enero 7, ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) bilang donasyon mula sa business tycoon na si Manny V. Pangilinan.

“The donations signify our shared aspirations in giving our all-out support to our men and women in uniform as they fulfill their responsibilities to the nation, especially in times of disasters and calamities. The Armed Forces of the Philippines is truly grateful that we have institutions like the MVP Group of Companies who continuously help us achieve our endeavors,” pahayag ni AFP Chief of Staff GEN Gilbert Gapay. 

Kasama rin sa ceremonial signing ng deed of donation sina Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana; Philippine Army Commanding General LTGEN Cirilito Sobejana; Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo; at Philippine Air Force Commanding General LTGEN Allen Paredes. 

Isang Bo 105 multipurpose helicopter ang ibinigay ng Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Foundation sa Aviation “Hiraya” Regiment ng Philippine Army, na responsable sa aerial reconnaissance at maritime patrol sa Northern Luzon, Eastern Mindanao, at Western Mindanao Command.

Sa pamamagitan naman ng PLDT-Smart Foundation, Inc. ay nakatanggap ang Army, Air Force, at Navy ng tig-dalawang set ng bagong rescue boats. Samantala, tatlong dry vans at isang wing van naman ang nakuha ng General Headquarters mula One Meralco Foundation, Inc.

Sa kabilang banda, isang Memorandum of Agreement din na renewal ng public-private partnership ng AFP Military Treatment Facilities at Makati Medical Center Foundation, kung saan chairman din si Pangilinan, ang pinirmahan ng AFP.

“The knowledge and expertise you shared over the years, through this Agreement, were invaluable in keeping our troops healthy. I am truly grateful for its renewal as we, in the AFP, begin to take major steps toward the accomplishment of one of our major advocacies in promoting our troops’ mental health, which was regrettably neglected in the past years,” pasasalamat ni GEN Gapay.


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