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Army receives thermal scanners, others for soldiers in quarantine checkpoints

March 26, 2020

The Philippine Army received thermal scanners and other equipment to help soldiers protect themselves while manning quarantine checkpoints that was established as part of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

Col. Ramon Zagala, Philippine Army spokesman, said on Thursday the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC) donated 49 thermal scanners, eye protectors, face masks, and gloves.

"The frontliners, being exposed to the possible source of the virus, can use the equipment to prevent them from contracting the virus and carrying out their service to people," he said.

Zagala said the donation was turned over to the Philippine Army in a ceremony at the Officers Clubhouse, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Thursday.

During the ceremony, Rozzano Briguez, president and CEO of PNOC-EC, showed his gratitude and support to the Army frontliners deployed to combat the threats of COVID-19.

"We are grateful for the Army frontliner's sacrifice in serving the Filipino people amidst the threat of an unseen enemy. May these equipment protect you as you carry out your mission in helping our government fight the virus," Briguez said.

Zagala said Army vice commander Maj. Gen. Reynaldo Aquino also emphasized the importance of  donations in equipping soldiers against the threat of COVID-19. 

"Your donation is timely and life-saving. The items will greatly protect our personnel, especially those who are deployed at the quarantine assistatance stations all over the country. These will enable them to better assess the people suspected of COVID-19 infection," Aquino said.

"Our fight with the disease may seem to be a long-term process but with the help of partners and stakeholders like you, we will win this battle. Together, we will overcome the odds," he added. Robina Asido/DMS