AFP, Mercury Drug ink P20-M medicine donation pact

MANILA In line with efforts to ensure that quality medicines will be given to active-duty troops, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Mercury Drug Foundation (MDFI) signed a deed of donation (DOD) for PHP20 million worth of medical supplies and drugs Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Emmanuel Garcia, AFP public affairs office chief, said the MDFI made the donation to ensure soldiers have access to free and quality medicines through military medical facilities nationwide.

AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero and MDFI executive director Annie Fuentes led the signing of the DOD at the Silid Lapu-Lapu, AFP General Headquarters, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

"Forged by the common goal of assuring that your members will get the appropriate medications for their healthcare needs whenever they seek assistance at any of your treatment facilities nationwide, our partnership will make a difference in the lives of our soldiers," the MDFI said in a statement.

The donation is the second from the MDFI. Last year, through their "Operation Bigay Lunas: Libreng Gamot Para sa Kawal," MDFI also donated PHP20-million worth of medicines and medical supplies.

The donation was sent directly to AFP medical treatment facilities for the immediate use of soldiers deployed in conflict areas.

Like last year, the donations will be delivered in four batches with the first batch expected to arrive in April.

"The AFP believes that the generosity of stakeholders like MDFI brings inspiration to soldiers on the ground to win the peace and perform with excellence," Garcia said. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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