Pinapurihan nitong Abril 22 ni AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana ang iba’t ibang community-based efforts ng military units ng AFP sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19.
Nais ipahatid ng AFP na iba’t ibang programa at kampanya rin ang isinasagawa ng civil-military operators ng ahensya simula pa Marso 2020 nang magsimula ang pandemya.
Sa katunayan sa NCR, nasa 653,933 kabahayan o 2,581,852 indibidwal ang nahatiran na ng tulong ng 7th Civil Relations Group of the Civil Relations Service ng AFP.
Sa ilalim ng “Kapwa Ko Sagot Ko” campaign ng AFP, nagsagawa na ang militar ng community-owned feeding program, “Tulong Uwi-Balik Probinsya”, “Pagkain sa Walang Bahay”, “Ayuda Mag-aaral at Paaralan”, “Katuwang Para sa Kapwa”, at “Sagip Kapwa”.
Nakapaghatid na rin ng ayuda o donasyon sa tulong ng ilang pribadong indibidwal ang Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations (OJ7) Civil Military Coordinating Center. Nasa 251,443 kahon ng donated items ang naipadala na ng naturang opisina sa mga komunidad at frontline workers sa Pilipinas noong Disyembre 2020.
Partner din ng DA ang AFP sa implementasyon ng “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19 Program” na nagsusulong ng food production sa urban areas. Ilang community dumpsites at abandoned areas na ang nagawang communal gardens, samantalang nasa 780,000 starter kits at 460,000 household gardens na ang nagawa sa ilalim ng “Raise to 1 Million Gardens in NCR” na kampanya. Nasa 20 community gardens na rin ang naorganisa sa buong NCR, na may 76 volunteers.
Nakapagbigay na rin ang OJ7 ng transportasyon sa stranded health workers at ilang exempted individuals sa quarantine. Binuksan din ng Philippine Army at Philippine Air Force ang kanilang transient facilities para sa locally stranded individuals.
Katuwang din ang AFP sa information and education campaign ng Youth for Peace and Development Movement-Philippines sa “Stay Home” kampanya ng gobyerno sa social media.
“The AFP’s community-based efforts promote compassion, harmony, and bayanihan which continue to inspire and help and motivate our people even in the darkest and most challenging times. Through these projects, our soldiers served as vessels of blessings and catalysts to empower our communities to be more resilient and prepared in times of crisis,” pasasalamat ni Gen. Sobejana.
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