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PIA Press Release
2007/04/04

AFP, GMA Kapuso Foundation to sign pact for noble cause

Zamboanga City (4 April) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the GMA Kapuso Foundation are set to sign a memorandum of agreement for joint ventures in the conduct of search, rescue, relief, and rehabilitation in calamity-affected areas. The MOA is aimed to formalize the partnership between the said Foundation and the AFP, through its Civil Relations Service and other Civil Military Operations units.

The programs and projects to be undertaken year-round include: Kalusugan Caravan (Medical, Dental and Surgical Outreach); Operation Bayanihan (Disaster and Relief Operation); Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan (Children Education Project); and Give a Gift: Alay sa Batang Pinoy (Children Christmas Project).

With the imminent MOA signing, the partnership is projected to effect a positive change in the lives of the needy families; as such efforts provide impetus for basic services and educational opportunities, enhancing children's character and self-esteem, and promoting the importance of health and nutrition among the beneficiaries.

For this reason, the AFP is very optimistic about the tie-up and is disposed to provide assistance in terms of manpower, transportation, and equipment to upshot the efficient and immediate execution of the said projects. Specifically, security personnel will be made available for the project staff and other partners in all areas of operations to assure their safety. Moreover, intelligence reports, geographical surveys, and other pertinent data pertaining to the areas of operation will also be provided.

The CRSAFP, in particular, will serve as coordinator between the GMAKF and the major services and other AFP wide service units, as the circumstances may require, during the conduct of the aforementioned activities.

The Foundation, on the other hand, will provide all the needed medicines, supplies, materials, and funds, to support the implementation of its projects. It will provide operational and maintenance support to AFP personnel and equipment directly involved in the undertakings. Likewise, goods and services in support to the civil military operations program in specified target areas will also be afforded.

Nevertheless, the MOA shall not preclude the AFP from entering into the same or similar agreement with any other entity. The AFP is duty-bound to persistently exert its best effort to realize its objective in effecting positive change in people's lives through alliance with both government and private organizations. (PIA-BASULTA/4CRG) [top]

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