By Aaron Recuenco
The Department of National Defense (DND) is set to procure eight units of mobile treatment units for soldiers who would be wounded in battle.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Readily Deployable Forward Treatment Units will also be helpful in the conduct of search and rescue missions in various types of disasters, particularly typhoons and earthquakes.
Lorenzana said the procurement was made possible by the P400 million donation of the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
The eight units cost a little over P421 million as each unit costs P52.6 million.
Each unit includes medical equipment and facilities, such as mobile surgical trucks, medical care equipment, enhanced frame type tent-8 units, and other needed medical device
“The project aims to give immediate medical response, especially to military personnel and other casualties in the field during Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) missions,” said Lorenzana.
It was the Philippine Army which requested the DND for the procurement of the deployable treatment units to cater to the needs of their wounded personnel.
It will be recalled that the deplorable conditions of the wounded soldiers is one of the reasons cited by those who joined the Oakwood mutiny in 2003.
The group of rebel soldiers, headed by young and idealistic military officers, lamented how they would see their men dying due to the delay of the transport of wounded soldiers from battlegrounds to hospitals.
Lorenzana said they wrote to PAGCOR for assistance as the DND does not have enough funds.
PAGCOR turned over the funds on June 13.