Defense chief cites role of uniformed personnel in giving relief amid pandemic
PASIG CITY, July 23 (PIA) — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday cited the role of men and women in uniform in delivering services to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the Pre-SONA Forum of the Security, Justice and Peace Cluster on Wednesday, Lorenzana cited the concerted efforts of the cluster in this time of public health emergency.
“Ang Philippine Air Force at Philippine Navy ay nagamit sa paghakot ng mga medical supplies mula sa ibang bansa,” he pointed out.
He added that military assets were utilized to help Overseas Filipinos (OFs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and even provided transport assistance to Metro Manila commuters.
“Nagamit din ang Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy at Philippine Coast Guard sa paghatid ng mga dumadating na mga Overseas Filipinos at Locally Stranded Individuals sa kanilang lalawigan. Ang Philippine Army naman ay nagbibigay ng libreng sakay sa Metro Manila,” he said.
The defense chief also reported that as of July 18, over 92,000 overseas Filipinos were safely sent home to their provinces.
He also expressed his gratitude to the soldiers, police personnel, military doctors and nurses who relentlessly provide service to the public in this time of public health emergency.
“Pasalamatan din natin ang ating mga sundalo at mga pulis na nasa frontlines, yung mga nagbabantay sa ng mga checkpoints at nagpapatupad ng quarantine rules sa mga barangay,” Lorenzana said.
“Kasama na rito ang mga military doctors at nurses na nasa mga COVID hospitals. Araw-araw nilang isinusuong ang kanilang mga sarili sa panganib para pagsilbihan ang bayan,” he added. (PIA-NCR)