After signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) last year, the Makati Medical Center Foundation (MMCF) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday made a commitment to work together to further develop the military's medical facilities.
In a meeting, AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista and MMCF Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, shared the status of past and on-going programs, as well as discussed possible areas of partnership.
Currently, four medical officers of the AFP are undergoing a four-year emergency medical training program with MMCF.
“Soldiers deserve no less than what ordinary citizens get in terms of medical care. We look forward to a bigger arena where we, as a private group, could help our soldiers,” Pangilinan said.
Bautista on the other hand expressed his gratitude to the MMCF.
“On behalf of the AFP, we would like to thank you in partnering with us in helping improve our medical facilities and personnel, as well as in setting the strategic direction of our medical center,” he added.
“We also thank you for recognizing the sacrifices of our soldiers. Rest assured that we will continue what we have started together,” Bautista stressed.
Under the Public-Private Partnership, the AFP and the MMCF also explored areas of cooperation in improving the other 35 medical centers and station hospitals of the AFP, in addition to on-going projects with the