Friday, June 19, 2020

AFP front-liners get food donation from House of Reps

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 19, 2020): AFP front-liners get food donation from House of Reps (By Priam Nepomuceno)

FOOD FOR AFP FRONT-LINERS. House of Representatives Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (center left) turns over food items to AFP Chief-of-Staff, Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. (center right), in a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on Friday (June 19, 2020). Cayetano thanked the soldiers who continue to risk their lives to serve the people and protect the nation from all threats. (Photo courtesy of AFP Public Affairs Office)

In appreciation of their valuable service amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the House of Representatives donated thousands of food items to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) front-liners on Friday.

Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata, AFP public affairs office chief, said the food items included 1,882 packs each containing vegetables, 1 kg. of cream dory fish, and 1 kg. of chicken leg quarters and 565 boxes of vitamins.

Two 22-cubic-feet chest freezers were also delivered to Camp Aguinaldo on June 17.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife, Rep. Maria Laarni Cayetano, turned over the food items to AFP Chief-of-Staff Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr. in a ceremony, which took place at the headquarters of the Joint Task Force – National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) inside Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, where most of the front-line troops are assigned.

“On behalf of the men and women of the AFP, I would like to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, together with the members of the Congress, for their donations, invaluable support to the AFP, specifically to the JTF-NCR,” Santos said.

Meanwhile, Cayetano expressed gratitude to the soldiers of the AFP for continuing to risk their lives to serve the people and protect the nation from all threats.

“I am also here to lend support to the Armed Forces not only in the fight against Covid-19 but in the fight to have a safe Philippines. From securing the West Philippine Sea to the insurgency that is being fought in the grassroots level all around the country, to the terror threats of ISIS and the remnants of the ISIS from the Middle East and other parts of the country, every single day of your life – naka-duty man o hindi, naka uniporme man o hindi – nilalagay nyo ang sarili nyo sa panganib (on or off-duty, in uniform or not, you continue to risk your lives) so that we can have a safer life,” he said.

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