Army Chief Major General Emmanuel 'Manny' Bautista receives the donation from PAGCOR chair Cristino Naguiat Jr during the simple gift-giving ceremony held at the Army General Hospital yesterday at 2:00pm.
FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – Three Army hospitals received millions of financial aid from the Philippine Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) during the 18th day of the “Pamaskong Handog 2011: 25 Days of Christmas, 25 Years of PAGCOR” event held at the Army General Hospital yesterday, an Army official said.
Major Harold M Cabunoc, Acting Army Spokesperson, said that the financial aid from PAGCOR amounting to P4.515 million will be used in the purchase of equipment for three Army hospitals, including the Army General Hospital (AGH) in Fort Bonifacio.
“It can be recalled that just last month, AGH acquired P70 million worth of medical equipment as part of its modernization efforts. The financial assistance extended to us by PAGCOR will be of great help to pursue the modernization, not just of AGH, but the other station hospitals in the country as well,” said Cabunoc.
PAGCOR’s financial assistance will be used to purchase an accelerated Photoplethy Synograph Heart Rate machine for AGH; Ultrasound Machine for the Kuta Major Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital in Zamboanga del Sur; and a Defibrillator and Portable Respirator with Battery for Camp Siongco Station Hospital in Maguindanao.
“The new hospital equipment that will be purchased will greatly improve the delivery of health services for the Army personnel. Also, the equipment intended for the two Army station hospitals in Mindanao will help our Army doctors and nurses in efficiently responding to emergency cases,” said Col. Mariano Mejia, Commanding Officer of the Army General Hospital.
The turn-over of the P4.515 million financial aid was graced by no less than President Benigno S Aquino III. He was joined by top military and defense officials including Defense Secretary Voltaire T Gazmin, and Army Chief Major General Emmanuel T Bautista.
Army personnel confined at AGH, most of them battle-casualty soldiers, also enjoyed the entertainment provided by PAGCOR. An all-girl group performed much to the delight of the soldiers present during the activity.
PAGCOR likewise brought holiday cheers to the soldiers by distributing Pamaskong Handog gift packs of assorted goodies.
H.E. Benigno S Aquino III leads the gift-giving ceremony benefitting the soldiers who are confined inside the Army General Hospital yesterday.