AMERICAN soldiers in the Philippines donated over P10 million or about $203,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to hospitals in 10 provinces nationwide.
The United States Embassy in Manila said servicemen from the US Army, Marines, and Air Force delivered the PPE sets and medical supplies to the hospitals in partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Army, Philippine Marines, and Philippine Air Force.
This new donation brings to over P780 million or nearly $15.5 million the US government’s assistance to the Philippines’ response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the US Embassy said in a statement.
Medical clinics from Luzon to Mindanao will be provided with the much-needed PPE and other essential equipment to support frontline workers battling Covid-19.
The supplies include disposable gloves, masks, medical clothing, various types of face protection, and tools such as infrared thermometers.
“With this effort, we are trying to do our part to provide the heroes of this fight, the medical professionals, with the necessary tools that they need to protect their fellow workers and citizens,” said Capt. Tim Johnson, Civil Military Support Element – Philippine team leader.
“Times like these show the strength of our friendship, partnership, and alliance as we work together to combat this virus,” said Johnson.
Lt. General Ramiro Manuel Rey, AFP Northern Luzon Commander, thanked US soldiers for their donation. “Indeed, there is strength in unity. We would like to express our gratitude for the aid given by the US Embassy.”
“These items will greatly benefit the Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center in Bataan and Talon General Hospital in Tarlac City for a better Covid-19 response. With the world in unison, we truly will heal as one,” Rey said.
The medical equipment will be distributed in June to 14 medical clinics, hospitals, and local Department of Health (DoH) offices in Palawan, Isabela, Tarlac, Laguna, Bataan, Bulacan, Sulu, Zamboanga del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan.
The US has provided more than P228 billion ($4.5 billion) in development assistance to the Philippines over the past 20 years, including over P29 billion ($582 million) in health assistance
This joint US-Philippine operation builds on decades of bilateral military cooperation in counterterrorism, humanitarian relief, maritime security, and many other fields.