The Armed Forces of the Philippines flew via its C-130 aircraft 40 students from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños to Iloilo June 6.
The aircraft left Villamor Airbase in Pasay City at 9:00 a.m. carrying the students who were stranded by the community quarantine protocols put in place since March.
“We are glad to be of help bring these students back in the warmth of their homes and comfort of their families in these trying times,” AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr said.
The AFP will also provide land transportation to the students upon arrival from Iloilo City International Airport to their homes in Iloilo (26), Aklan (6), Antique (4), Capiz (3), and Guimaras (1).
The initiative is in response to the request of the UPLB chancellor as approved by the Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana.
The students have satisfied all the requirements stated on the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATFEID) guidelines for the transport of Returning Overseas Filipinos and Locally Stranded Individuals.
Prior their departure, the students were given temporary health certificates by the University Health Service of UPLB, citing the completion of at least 14 days of isolation in the UP dormitory and the lack of COVID-19 cases in Los Baños, Laguna.
“In light of recent events, this is a clear manifestation of the strong relationship between the military and the academe as advocates and catalysts of the Whole of Nation approach in achieving unity and peace in our country,” General Santos Jr said. AFP.MIL.PH