Military exec, wife positive for COVID-19

A SENIOR military official and his wife were tested positive for coronavirus disease or COVID-19 and were treated at the V-Luna Medical Center in Quezon City.

This was confirmed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos.

Santos said the military officer has a history of foreign travel and was admitted to the medical facility and his spouse as Persons Under Investigation or PUIs last March 15.

"They have been undergoing proper medical management with the military officer now being asymptomatic." Santos said.

He said the couple will continue medical treatment until fully recovered and strictly following DOH imposed protocol for COVID-19 patients.

In line with this, the AFP has put up measures and specific guidelines to protect all of its personnel particularly those stationed and working in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

As part of the measure to prevent the widespread of the virus, since the community quarantine in Metro Manila started on March 15, only two gates of Camp Aguinaldo were opened for ingress and egress to better monitor the movement of people in the Camp.

There are also additional thermal scanners and qualified personnel were likewise made available to hasten the process of taking temperature in the said gates.

The Commissioned Officers' Club has temporarily ceased operations while food stalls at the Soldier’s Mall remains operational.

Aside from these, Camp Aguinaldo Golf Course, AFP Finance Center and other financial institutions located inside the camp have temporarily ceased operations.
Religious services were likewise closed but were broadcast live with the help of the CRSAFP.  

The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, J1, also issued guidelines to maximize work from home measures for Civilian Human Resources; while military personnel must remain inside camp to ensure that other security operations are unaffected.

Likewise, the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, J4 ensured the availability of important equipment and supplies throughout AFP units especially to those manning the different Quarantine Assistance Stations.

"We have also directed the availability of a Military Treatment Facility within the camp to cater specifically to AFP personnel manifesting symptoms of COVID-19." Santos said.