Army says donated helicopter a catalyst for Aviation Regiment’s capabilities

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“The BO 105 rotorcraft helicopter is a catalyst for developing Philippine Army Aviation “Hiraya” Regiment’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief efforts; air ambulance capability; reconnaissance operation; and maritime patrols over its area of responsibility,” the Philippine Army said.

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The said aircraft was turned over to Philippine Army on January 7 as donation from MVP Group Companies’ Manny V. Pangilinan.

The Army said the helicopter “will also serve as an interim helicopter to train Army aviators and enhance Army’s overall capabilities to find, fix and finish the enemies of the state.”

“We have always been supportive of government endeavors, particularly in times of need. The nationwide presence of our businesses enables us to mobilize resources throughout the country and provide us with the means to augment the Government’s facilities to respond effectively to disasters and calamities,” Pangilinan said.