CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City
The Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff lauded commanders of different military units and offices for successfully containing the spread of COVID-19 in the AFP.
General Gilbert Gapay said this as the number of admitted cases drop to 307 last Friday, October 23, from as high as 1,327 early in September.
“Our Commanders and Chiefs of Offices have done a great job in enforcing social distancing measures and strict health protocols inside camps, in turn keeping our military and civilian personnel able to perform their respective duties,” he said.
Among the active cases were 256 military personnel currently admitted in military treatment facilities nationwide.
There are also 19 civilian personnel, and 32 dependents currently receiving treatment.
“The AFP is enhancing our safety and health protocols and other measures to protect the best interest and wellbeing of our soldiers, particularly those in the frontlines. Our troops’ health will always be of utmost importance as we continue to preserve the AFP’s fighting strength to help the country win over this battle,” General Gapay added.
He also acknowledged the hard work of personnel performing various tasks in support to the national government’s efforts to contain the pandemic.
Over 13,800 military personnel, reservists, and auxiliary personnel are deployed nationwide manning community quarantine assistance stations, quarantine areas, various ports, and testing facilities.
Fifteen vessels of the Philippine Navy and seven aircraft of the Philippine Air Force have so far transported over 1.7 million kilos of cargo.
“We want to let our people know that they really have an Armed Forces that is truly dependable and reliable, and can be called upon in any time of need or crisis. One that is also versatile to perform various missions and adapt to different situations from peacetime, crisis, conflict, and even in addressing a pandemic,” General Gapay said.
“Our sacrifices have been duly recognized and we continue to enjoy the trust and support of the people. Let us not waste this opportunity to prove our capability on our way to becoming a truly world-class armed forces,” General Gapay added, citing the 90 percent public satisfaction rating, highest among government agencies, the AFP received in June.