By Francis Wakefield
Philippine Army Chief Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto and his key staff visited the troops confined at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Health Service Command (AFPHSC) in Quezon City on December 18, 2018 as a way of tribute and to lighten their morale.
Currently, a total of 347 Army soldiers are confined in AFPHSC due to various infirmities and conditions which are mostly combat related.
The activity also coincided with the visit of the new chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr.
A simple program was prepared by the AFPHSC led by Brig. Gen, Augustus H. De Villa held at the multi-purpose auditorium which was highlighted by the handing-over of Christmas gift packs to the confined soldiers.
Lt. Gen. Madrigal and Lt. Gen. Alberto also conducted room visitations to personally meet and greet those who are suffering from serious conditions and cannot be ambulated. Alberto assured that the Philippine Army is working to ensure that the soldiers will be given the highest support and quality health services most especially to battle casualties and service-related injuries.
“To those who need prosthetics, we are getting the best available supply in the market. Cost is not a problem, what is important is that our casualties get the best we can give,” he said.
He also averred that the Philippine Army is initiating ways to further push forward the necessary health services to the line units aside from upgrading the capacity of the Army General Hospital. He is personally overseeing the necessary improvement of vital medical services and healthcare for Army soldiers so that they can return to normalcy as a combat-fit soldier.
Madrigal, for his part, acknowledged the heroism and gallantry of those who got wounded, with some who lost their limbs in the course of safeguarding the country’s freedom and democracy.
“The Christmas gifts we have brought are just simple token and maybe not enough to repay you of your great sacrifices. But all I wish is to make you happy and share with you the spirit of this Yuletide season in my capacity as your chief of staff.”