AFP receives helicopter, rescue boats, trucks from businessman Manny Pangilinan

Photos courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office

Business magnate Manuel V. Pangilinan gifted the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a helicopter, rescue boats, and trucks on Thursday, January 7.

“The donations signify our shared aspirations in giving our all-out support to our men and women in uniform as they fulfill their responsibilities to the nation, especially in times of disasters and calamities. The Armed Forces of the Philippines is truly grateful that we have institutions like the MVP Group of Companies who continuously help us achieve our endeavors,” AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay said.

General Gapay led a ceremonial signing of deeds of donation at Camp Aguinaldo’s General Headquarters Building. Pangilinan, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Philippine Army Commanding General Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, and Philippine Air Force Commanding General Lieutenant General Allen Paredes were among those present.

The Bo 105 multipurpose helicopter was provided by Mr. Pangilinan, Chairman of the MVP Group of Companies, through the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Foundation. It was given to the Philippine Army’s Aviation “Hiraya” Regiment, which has played a key role in aerial reconnaissance and marine patrols over Northern Luzon, Eastern Mindanao, and Western Mindanao Command.

The PLDT-Smart Foundation, Inc. entrusted the Army, Air Force, and Navy with two sets of brand new rescue boats, complete with paddles and life vests. One Meralco Foundation, Inc., on the other hand, donated three dry vans and a wing van to the General Headquarters.

Mr. Pangilinan, who chairs the Makati Medical Center Foundation (MMCF), recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the AFP. The deal is a continuation of the Public-Private Partnership for AFP Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) nationwide organizational strengthening.

Through this agreement, MMCF technical and medical professionals will continue to share valuable expertise with AFP medical workers in order to improve services through numerous means without incurring additional costs.

The agreement, according to the AFP Chief, is yet another significant step toward ensuring soldiers’ complete access to high-quality health services and resources. This is in accordance with maintaining AFP personnel in peak shape as they carry out their duty as citizens’ and state’s guardians.

Following the signing activities, a formal changeover and blessing of the donated equipment took place at the GHQ Canopy area.

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