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Soldiers receive 3,000 units of protective eyewear

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has received a total of 3,000 units of protective eyewear meant for soldiers engaged in combat operations on the ground.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief of Staff Gen.Rey Leonardo Guerrero received the 2,300  units of Delta Plus safety glasses from Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. led by Sabin Aboitiz during a ceremonial handover ceremony on Monday at the DND Social Hall.

A total of 700 pieces were initially turned over to frontline troops in Marawi City at the height of the battle against Deash-Maute terrorists late last year to protect them from eye injury resulting from IED explosions, debris, and shrapnel. The second batch of the donation was turned over to the Philippine Army for the use of soldiers in combat operations.

“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.

For his part, Lorenzana thanked the Aboitiz Group for the donation which “demonstrates the strong cooperation and collaboration that has always existed between the private sector and the government.”

He also said the donation was proof of AFP’s concern and love for valiant soldiers who continue to sacrifice their lives for freedom and who continuously face threats at sea and on land.

Lorenzana 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. This, he said, was evident in places like Marawi and in other areas where soldiers operate.

“The Aboitiz Group’s donation is not only timely but significant as well because it will augment our current efforts to boost the AFP’s capability to conduct focused, surgical, and sustained military operations,” the defense chief said. #