VP Robredo visits Armed Forces chief in courtesy call

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Vice President Leni Robredo visited Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay in a courtesy call today, September 15.

Vice President Robredo photo

Vice President Robredo said she visited “to personally convey my congratulations on his designation since I was not able to attend the Turn Over of Command last August.”

“I also took the opportunity to thank the AFP for being a dependable partner in our various initiatives, especially those in line with our COVID-19 response,” she added.

Robredo also noted that members of the 51st Engineer Brigade of the Philippine Army took part in building IKEA shelters for The Oasis Project which are temporary shelter sites built for medical frontliners in Lung Center of the Philippines and in Quirino Memorial Medical Center and the triage and quarantine areas at the Chinese General Hospital and the Manila Doctors Hospital.

“Various units of the AFP have also been helping us bring assistance, such as PPE sets, locally produced protective suits, and medical supplies, to different parts of the Philippines, especially to far-flung communities,” the Vice President said.

“Members of the AFP at the Vice President Security Detachment have also been active participants in our COVID-19 Response Operations, particularly through the free shuttle service for frontliners in Metro Manila and in Cebu,” she added.