The Philippine Armed Forces took possession of 23 newly acquired US ambulances on January 26.
High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), or commonly referred to as “Humvee” ambulances, are another example of joint US-Philippine efforts to improve capabilities to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The ambulances are equipped with an ambulance shelter and medical equipment set that includes one oxygen tank, a first aid kit and two stretchers. The capability allows for immediate medical response to wounded soldiers before being transported a higher level of care.
The turn-over ceremony and blessing was conducted at the AFP’s Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command in Quezon City.
Seven additional HMMWVs will arrive towards the end of February to complete the ambulatory fleet of multipurpose vehicles. In total, as indicated in a press statement from the US Embassy in Manila, the Foreign Military Sales transaction amounted to $18,993,629 (approximately P837,876,782).
This procurement of US engineered and manufactured Humvee ambulances is a milestone toward enhancing the Philippine Army’s frontline health services capabilities.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin attended the ceremony and acted as the guest of honor and keynote speaker. Also in attendance were personnel from the Department of National Defense, AFP General Headquarters, and Joint US Military Advisory Group Philippines, all of whom played a key role in the acquisitions process.