An additional COVID-19 assistance has been delivered by the US Army and Marine Corps service members to hospitals in 11 cities across the Philippines. They have worked in partnership with the Philippine Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard for the immediate distribution of the Php11.4 million ($230,600) worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies.
This donation brings to a total of P989 million COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines as part of the ongoing commitment of the United States government to help the Philippines defeat the battle against the pandemic – a joint effort built on decades of bilateral military cooperation in counterterrorism, humanitarian relief, maritime security, and many other fields.
In cooperation with the Philippine Office of Civil Defense and Department of Health, the said assistance will provide medical workers in the country their much-needed PPE and other essential equipment to fight COVID-19.
Medical Clinics and Hospitals to Receive Medical Equipment from U.S Army and Marine Corps
Commodore Allan O. Corpuz, Philippine Coast Guard District Palawan Commander shared that the country is immensely grateful for the untiring service and support given by the American government. He emphasized that we are but one in this unconventional war against this pandemic.
The medical clinics, hospitals, and local Department of Health of Palawan, Batangas, Pampanga, Cebu, Sulu, Maguindanao, Zamboanga del Sur, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Misamis Oriental, and Lanao del Norte will receive medical supplies which includes disposable gloves, masks, medical clothing, various types of face protection, and tools such as infrared thermometers.
In the accounts provide by the USA Embassy in the Philippines, the country has already provided more than Php228 billion ($4.5 billion) in development assistance to the Philippines over the past 20 years – including the Php29 billion ($582 million) for health assistance.