On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) received medical supplies worth 57 million pesos from the Australian government.
Items donated include sets of personal protective equipment (PPE), high flow oxygen machines, stretcher, defibrillator, disinfection kits, automated RNA extraction kit, extraction kit of viral RNA, RT-PCR reagents and detection kits, face masks, face shields, eye protectors, and KN95 masks.
Those who received the donation were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP Chief of Staff Jose Faustino Jr. and AFP Health Services Command Chief Edgar Cardinoza.
“The revenue from Australian Government donations is a clear testament to the collaborative partnership that our respective nations and military forces continue to nurture and maintain, as we aspire to work together to promote the well-being of our people and of our country, ”Faustino said. during a ceremony held at Pier 15, South Harbor in Manila.
This was the third tranche of the Australian government grant under the enhanced defense cooperation program between Australia and the Philippines.
Lorenzana also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Australian government.
“The Australian government has expanded the coverage of its defense cooperation program to include the pandemic needs of Filipino soldiers; a gesture that sends the message that we are not alone in this fight. Of course, these donations will improve day-to-day clinical management and the quality of care and services that AFP’s medical branch is supposed to provide, ”he said.
Faustino said the donated supplies will be turned over to Victoriano Luna Medical Center (VLMC) to support its response to the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19), its testing efforts and its ability to hospitalize patients who are minor to critical. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo / SunStar Philippines)