CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City-- The Armed Forces of the Philippines' Office of the Chief Dental Service awarded distinctions on Thursday, July 30, to select personnel who have excelled in their respective fields.

AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr presided over the awarding ceremony which also formed part of the unit's 66th founding anniversary held at the National Defense College Auditorium and witnessed via a web feed.

"Since its inception more than six decades ago, the AFP Dental Service has continued to prove its critical role in promoting oral and dental health, even extending its boundaries of concern traditionally provided only to our soldiers, civilian human resources and their immediate families, to the larger Filipino public as well," General Santos Jr said.

The awardees included Lt. Col. Romulo Aujero who was recognized as Senior Dental Officer of the Year, 1Lt Rose Antoinette Umayam as Junior Dental Officer of the Year, Dr Imelda Buela as Civilian Dentist of the Year, and Dr Antonietta Ramos who received a special citation.

TSg Jayson Gerola and Mr Rouel Macaraig were also recognized as this year's top performing Enlisted Personnel and Civilian Human Resource respectively.

The 1301st Dental Dispensary, Naval Station Julhasan Arasain Dental Dispensary, Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoon Dental Dispensary, and 1361st Dental Detachment were also cited for their exemplary regional accomplishments.

The Stakeholder's Award were also given to Col Edgar Cardinoza, Commander of AFP Health Service Command; the Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc.; Office of Civil Defense; Bureau of Customs; EMBRACE project of Philip Moris Fortune Tobacco Corporation; and Dental Technologists Association of the Philippines.

"Let us recognize and be inspired by our individual and unit awardees who have displayed remarkable work ethic and dedication in their respective duties that greatly contributed to the mission accomplishment of the AFPDS," General Santos Jr added./// (Photos by SN1 VILUAN/PAO, AFP)