CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) recognized San Miguel Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer, Ramon S. Ang for his outstanding contributions in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic in a ceremony held Tuesday at the General Headquarters Building.

The AFP Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gilbert I. Gapay presented the Plaque of Appreciation to Mr. Ang who was represented by Retired Colonel Ariel O. Querubin, his Vice President and Special Assistant. Both of them were recognized for their unwavering support and proactive action in response to the State of Public Health Emergency and their contributions to the National Action Plan to address the spread of COVID19 pandemic.

“When COVID19 hit our country hard, the San Miguel Corporation was fully aware of the uncertainty of the situation and was among the industry leaders who quickly responded and supported government efforts in mitigating the effects of this global pandemic,” Lt. Gen. Gapay said.

The San Miguel Corporation previously donated to the Department of National Defense and the AFP construction materials and amenities intended for the installation of emergency quarantine facilities (EQF) around military camps nationwide.

“These facilities will be very beneficial for our soldiers, civilian human resource, and their dependents who are affected by COVID-19. This would also help us keep the levels of infection in our organization to a minimum. Rest assured that we will reciprocate your efforts by ensuring that we continue to perform our mandate,” added Lt. Gen. Gapay.

A total of 10 EQFs were built by the San Miguel Corporation together with the AFP in May 2020. Each quarantine facility has 15 beds to accommodate COVID19 patients with mild to no symptoms. It seeks to ease the strain on local hospitals and health facilities that cater to other medical cases in their respective areas.

The EQFs were constructed in WESTMINCOM Hospital in Zamboanga; NOLCOM Hospital in Tarlac; EASTMINCOM Hospital in Davao City; SOLCOM Hospital in Lucena City; PHILFLEET in Cavite City; Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City; CENTCOM Hospital in Cebu City; Joint Task Force-NCR in Camp Aguinaldo; CJVAB Hospital in Pasay City; and WESCOM Hospital in Palawan.

“Our pledge to serve and accomplishing our mission will not be impeded by this pandemic. Our main thrust during these challenging times is very clear, and that is to preserve our force and help the national government and our people,” said Lt. Gen. Gapay. /// (Photos by TSg Randulf Obinque PAF/PAOAFP)