A private individual has donated 10,000 face shields and 30 sacks of rice to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to help in its efforts to contain the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
In a media statement Wednesday, Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata, AFP public affairs office chief, said the ceremonial handover of the donation was at the General Headquarters Canopy Area, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Tuesday.
AFP deputy chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Antonio Ramon Lim, and AFP deputy chief-of-staff for operations Maj. Gen. Edgardo de Leon graced the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Zata identified the private donor as Nelson Guevarra, a Commodore in the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Guevarra is also serving as the chairman of the External Affairs Committee, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industries Incorporated (FFCCCII) where he earned his reputation as an “action man of the Chinese-Filipino community”.
He is known for his contributions to the community especially during this time of pandemic and has organized various donation drives and packing operations to aid those in need, particularly those at the front-lines.
“The AFP is immensely grateful to Mr. Nelson Guevarra and other individuals who made this donation possible. His benevolence means a lot to our men and women in uniform who draw strength from the people’s trust and support. As the nation continues to fight Covid-19, let our unity be one of our strongest weapons in defeating this unforeseen enemy,” Lim said.
Zata said the AFP was chosen to be the recipient of his individual donation due to the organization’s key role in the battle against Covid-19 while securing the peace.
He added that part of the donation would be used by AFP medical personnel tasked to man the 525-bed Solaire-Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Mega Quarantine Center in Parañaque City which was inaugurated on Tuesday.
Source: Philippines News Agency