AFP gets COVID-19 response boost from Australian Govt

PASIG CITY, May 29 (PIA) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) received much-needed support for its COVID-19 response from the Australian Government. 

Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana receive the medical supply and equipment donations from the Australian Government led by Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinson AO and Colonel Paul Joseph Barta, the Defense Attaché, Australian Embassy Manila, (Photo courtesy of AFP PAO) 

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana formally accepted the donations of additional medical supplies and equipment Thursday at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinson AO and Colonel Paul Joseph Barta, the Defense Attaché, Australian Embassy Manila personally handed over the donations.

In the midst of a complex and volatile security environment, Australia has continuously extended its support in the endeavors and advocacies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and of course, our national government. In particular, Australia has been a dependable partner in confronting the prevailing health crisis,” General Sobejana said.

The support will be used by the AFP Health Service Command (AFPHSC) to continuously address the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Sobejana also said that the additional assistance came at the right time when there is an opportune need for improved medical resources to ensure the safety and well-being of AFP personnel.

The AFP has undoubtedly stood strong and resilient in the midst of this pandemic, yet we also recognize the need for better and accessible medical equipment to vigorously ensure the welfare of our personnel. The donation of 68 million peso-worth of medical supplies and equipment to our health and service command will surely be of great benefit to our soldiers and their dependents,” he said.

Likewise, the AFP chief assured the donors that their contributions will be maintained and maximized accordingly as he also expressed his gratitude to the Australian government and guaranteed the persistence of a steadfast partnership.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines will continuously work alongside our Australian counterparts to promote our shared interests and aspirations of our two nations and to further strengthen our decades-long mutually beneficial partnership,” Sobejana said.

The Australian government initially donated hospital and personal protective equipment last June 11, 2020 at the Victoriano Luna Medical Center in Quezon City. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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