Soldiers donate part of salary to buy medical equipment

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    ALL soldiers — from Armed Forces chief Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. down to the lowest ranking private — will donate part of their salary for the procurement of medical supplies and equipment amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

    AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said the military is expecting to raise about P16.9 million that will then be donated to the Office of Civil Defense which is involved in government efforts to address the crisis.

    Arevalo said Santos is giving the biggest contribution of P10,484 while the lowest ranking private (Army), airman (Air Force) and apprentice seaman (Nay) will be donating P100 each.

    “Since their salaries for the month of April are already out for payment, the donation, deductible from their base pays for the month of May, will be available by the third week of April,” said Arevalo.

    “The AFP chief of staff will hand over the fund to the Office of Civil Defense to procure medical supplies and equipment,” Arevalo said.

    Santos, who recently recovered from COVID-19, said the military decided to make the donation “to help augment scarce government resources” and “to share the burden in the nation’s fight against this contagion.”