MANILA — The Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. formally turned over to the Department of National Defense (DND) 2,300 units of Delta Plus safety glasses for use of combat personnel Monday.
The items were formally received by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana from Aboitiz Group head Sabin Aboitiz during the ceremonial handover at the DND Social Hall in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
“On behalf of our One Defense Team, I thank the Aboitiz Group for giving protective eyewear for our frontline troops… It should be noted that this donation demonstrates the strong cooperation and collaboration that has always existed between the private sector and the government. Aside from being a tangible and visible indicator of our joint efforts, it demonstrates our concern and love for our valiant soldiers who continue to sacrifice their lives for our freedom and who continuously face threats at sea and on land,” he added.
The DND chief also said that in modern combat operations, the risk of soldiers getting eye injury was very high, leading to either partial or total blindness or a lifetime of disability and suffering, not just for the soldiers but for the families as well.
This was evident in places like Marawi and in other areas where soldiers operate. The Aboitiz Group’s donation was not only timely but significant as well because it would augment the current efforts to boost the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ capability to conduct focused, surgical, and sustained military operations.
The Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. earlier turned 700 units of Delta Plus safety glasses to troops during the height of the Marawi Siege last year.
The glasses aim to protect frontline troops from eye injury resulting from IED explosions, debris, and shrapnel.
With this, the number of safety glasses handed by the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. to the military now totalled to 3,000.
“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. (PNA)
(Photo courtesy: AFP Public Affairs Office)
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