The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday confirmed that a senior military officer and his wife are now undergoing treatment at the V. Luna Medical Center in Quezon City after they tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“Said military officer has a history of foreign travel and was admitted to the medical facility and his spouse as Persons Under Investigation or PUIs last March 15. They have been undergoing proper medical management with the military officer now being asymptomatic. They will continue medical treatment until fully recovered and strictly following (Department of Health) DOH imposed protocol for Covid-19 patients,” AFP chief-of-staff, Gen. Felimon Santos Jr., said in a statement.
He added that the AFP has put up measures and guidelines to protect its personnel particularly those stationed and working at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City against Covid-19.
“Since the community quarantine of Metro Manila started on March 15, only two gates were opened for ingress and egress to better monitor the movement of people in the Camp. Additional thermal scanners and qualified personnel were likewise made available to hasten the process of taking temperature,” Santos said.
As part of these measures, the AFP Commissioned Officers’ Club has temporarily ceased operations while only food stalls at the Soldier’s Mall remain operational.
Santos also said the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Course, AFP Finance Center and other financial institutions located inside the camp have temporarily stopped operations.
“Religious services were likewise closed off but were broadcast live with the help of the CRSAFP (Civil Relations Service AFP),” he added.
To ensure that the Covid-19 will not spread in the AFP headquarters, Santos said the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel or J-1, also issued guidelines to maximize work from home measures for civilian employees with military personnel remaining inside the camp to ensure that other security operations are unaffected.
“Likewise, the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, J-4 ensured the availability of important equipment and supplies throughout AFP units especially to those manning the different Quarantine Assistance Stations,” he added.
Another step in line with the AFP’s anti-Covid-19 measures is setting up the availability of a military treatment facility within the camp to cater specifically to personnel manifesting symptoms of Covid-19.
House-to-house reminders from General Headquarters-Headquarter Support Command and the station hospital are also done for residents within Camp Aguinaldo, encouraging them to practice personal hygiene and other related actions to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.
“Protocol from the DOH in preventing and combatting the spread of Covid-19 is being strictly implemented including Intensified contact tracing to ensure the safety of military and civilian personnel in the General Headquarters,” Santos said.
Santos, meanwhile, said he is currently undergoing home quarantine.
He added that military officials have been maintaining social distancing prior to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
“(I am) Working from quarters. Social distancing naman kami always kahit sa (conference) before (We have always been maintaining social distancing even in prior conferences). We maintain the one-meter (distance). Just to make sure and undergo the protocol for the safety of everyone. No touch kami ever since may virus (Since the news of virus broke out, we have been observing a ‘no-touch policy). That is the protocol (at the General Headquarters). PNA.GOV.PH