The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has received a total of 3000 Delta Plus safety glasses from Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. through the Department of National Defense (DND).
National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana and AFP Chief-of-Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero received the donation from Sabin Aboitiz.
DND said the initial donation of 700 units were turned over during the height of battle against Deash-Maute terrorists in Marawi City.
These safety glasses will protect frontline troops from eye injury resulting from IED explosions, debris, and shrapnel.
“We in the Aboitiz Group appreciate very much the sacrifices made by our soldiers. We can never thank them enough for their service and sacrifice that they have done for the country,” Aboitiz said.
Secretary Lorenzana thanked Aboitiz for the donation. “It should be noted that this donation demonstrates the strong cooperation and collaboration that has always existed between the private sector and the government. Aside from being a tangible and visible indicator of our joint efforts, it demonstrates our concern and love for our valiant soldiers who continue to sacrifice their lives for our freedom and who continuously face threats at sea and on land,” Lorenzana said.
DND said that in modern combat operations, the risk of soldiers incurring damage to their eyes is very high, leading to either partial or total blindness or a lifetime of disability and suffering, not just for the soldiers but for the families as well.