Present during the handover ceremony at the AFP Surgeon General’s Office was VAdm Gaudencio C Collado Jr, Vice Chief of Staff, AFP (middle); Col Felix T Terencio AFP (Ret), then Surgeon General (left); and MGen Robert M Arevalo AFP (Ret), AFPMBAI President and CEO (right).
With a sincere heart to serve its Members during the COVID-19 pandemic, AFPMBAI through its President and CEO MGen Robert M Arevalo AFP (Ret), donated twelve (12) units of medical ventilators with humidifiers to the AFP-GHQ.
Armed with a forward-looking approach to the situation, AFPMBAI was well aware of the critical shortage of ventilators as one of the global concerns plaguing most nations battling COVID-19. Such was the reason why AFPMBAI was the first among the many proponents in securing the said medical equipment before the height of its scarcity manifested in the country. The ventilators were procured to be donated to the major services in anticipation of the peaking of COVID-19 cases, leading to the possibility of using uniformed services’ health service facilities when private hospitals become overwhelmed with patients.
Receiving on behalf of the AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon T Santos Jr, was AFP Vice Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Gaudencio C Collado Jr. The ventilators were handed over to then AFP Surgeon General Col Felix T Terrencio AFP (Ret) for distribution to AFP’s medical centers including the Philippine Air Force General Hospital.
Working through Holy Week amid the quarantine situation, this donation of ventilators, took four days for the AFPMBAI Management and staff, to procure in time for handover after Easter Sunday.
Social Distancing – Fist Bump
During the start of the enhanced community quarantine, the Association continued its business operations, albeit under a skeletal workforce and work-from-home setup, to provide assistance to countless members who needed to transact business with the Association. Recognizing the need to act exigently, proactively and decide on important matters in earnest during the crisis, AFPMBAI also continued its management committee and Board Meetings via online channels.
To continue providing meaningful social services to its Members, AFPMBAI was also at the forefront as it eased requirements for Members needing financial services, approved and implemented a low-interest emergency loan, and expanded benefits of Members who might have contracted COVID-19.