CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – General Cirilito Sobejana, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expressed gratitude to Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano on June 10, Thursday, for extending support to the military’s real estate programs in the city.
“The AFP leadership is grateful to the local government of Taguig led by Mayor Lino Cayetano for supporting various military endeavors that promote and uplift the welfare of our soldiers. It continues to inspire our men and women who risk their own safety in the performance of their duties to our country,” General Sobejana said.
The AFP Chief hosted a meeting with the city mayor at his office in Camp Aguinaldo. They discussed the utilization of military reservation in sustaining the AFP Modernization program and AFP Pension Requirements among others.
Under the Bases Conversion and Development Law, a portion of proceeds shall be used to finance the transfer of military camps in Metro Manila, the AFP Modernization Program, and the rehabilitation and expansion of military medical facilities.
Mayor Cayetano also expressed the local government’s willingness to assist in the sourcing of fund for the establishment of a Veterans Hospital in Taguig where there is an existing property by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office.
With regard to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program, the Mayor said Taguig City is inclined to accommodate military dependents by providing priority lanes or designated vaccination days.
The local government is also looking at conducting inoculations inside military treatment facilities with approval from AFP, and facilitating the donation of vaccines for soldiers and their dependents.
An expanded scholarship program was also offered by the Taguig Mayor to military and police personnel.
“The continuous cooperation among local government units, stakeholders, the AFP and other government agencies is essential in the attainment of our nation’s shared aspirations. We are grateful for the people of Taguig who are one with us in this whole-of-nation approach towards just and lasting peace and development in the country,” General Sobejana said. /// (Photo by SN1 Donald Viluan PN/PAOAFP)