The implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the entire Luzon has affected the transportation of goods to and from Visayas and Mindanao. To mitigate its effect, the Philippine Air Force, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources transported Bangus fry and other goods via C130 aircraft from General Santos to Villamor Air Base, Pasay City on April 14, 2020.
Despite imminent health threats and the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force, LTGEN ALLEN T PAREDES AFP together with the Commander of ATG-NCR, COL JOHN RESNER P JAYME PAF (GSC) visited PAF personnel deployed at Ninoy Aquino Stadium and Quezon City Institute on April 14, 2020.
A fire broke out in Happyland, Tondo, Manila caused panic to its residents on a Saturday morning, April 18, 2020. The alert level was raised to Task Force Bravo.
Due to the limited access of the fire responders in the slum areas and in coordination with the Manila City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Philippine Air Force quickly responded by sending out its Bell 205-A #312 of the 505th Search and Rescue Group under Air Mobility Command.
The 355th Aviation Engineer Wing of the Philippine Air Force deployed engineering construction teams to construct emergency quarantine facilities to augment the capacity of hospitals catering to patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The said construction commenced last week at the following locations: AFP Health Service Command, Camp Victoriano Luna, Quezon City; Air Education, Training and Doctrine Command, Fernando Air Base, Lipa City; and Bulacan Medical Center and Sacred Heart Hospital both in Malolos City, Bulacan.
The third, fourth, and fifth tranche of Personal Protective Equipment procured by the government arrived in the country from Xiamen, International Airport, China via Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft.
A total of 30,125.8 kgs of cargoes were transported from April 6 to 8, 2020.
A representative from the Department of Health received the medical supplies and PPEs which include: sterile and disposable protective suit; medical overboot, protective goggles, KN95 mask, protective gloves, mask, protective gown, head cover, and shoe cover.
The Philippine Air Force spearheaded the tactical airlift of medical supplies in support to the government's effort in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
As directed by the Department of National Defense, C-130 Hercules cargo planes of the Philippine Air Force were tapped to airlift a total of 1,600 boxes (35,000lbs) of donated medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from Quanzhou, Fujian, China to Manila and Davao City on April 2 and 5, 2020, respectively.
The Philippine Air Force C130 has once again ferried the second tranche of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured by the Philippine Government from China to Villamor Air Base, Pasay City on April 6, 2020.
A total of 9,298 kgs of cargoes composed of sterile and disposable protective suits, medical goggles, KN95 masks, surgical masks, medical gloves, protective gowns, head covers, surgical caps, and shoe covers were received by Undersecretary Roger P. Tong, a DOH representative.
With the increasing number of COVID-19 related cases in the country, the urgent and convenient way of delivering necessary medical equipment and supplies has become a vital part of the national government’s response to combat this pandemic. Through the implementation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was tapped to utilize its available air assets to perform its mandated mission to conduct prompt air operations to quickly deliver and transport the needed medical supplies and specimen all over the country.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in the market has increased exponentially. Being among those serving in the frontline, the Philippine Air Force took the lead in displaying resourcefulness by creating improvised face masks and face shields to ensure the safety of its personnel despite the lack of industrial PPEs.
In support to the Philippine Air Force medical frontliners against COVID-19, the Clark Development Corporation headed by their President-CEO Noel F Manankil and Clark Investors and Locators Association led by their Chairman Dr Irineo Bong Alvaro Jr, donated Personal Protective Equipment and medical supplies to the Philippine Air Force at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City on April 27, 2020.
The Commanding General, Philippine Air Force LTGEN ALLEN T PAREDES AFP had a teleconference with GENERAL YOSHINARI MARUMO, the Chief of Staff of Japan Air Self-Defense Force on April 23, 2020.
The two Air Force Chiefs discussed their views on the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and shared their knowledge and lessons learned on the prevention and response measures against the pandemic.
The two Air Forces maintain a strong relationship through dialogues on the current security environment and defense cooperation.
IN PHOTOS: Military honors were given to 8 of the 11 Army soldiers who died in Sulu upon arrival at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City on April 18, 2020.
The military honors were led by the Secretary of the National Defense, Delfin N Lorenzana; AFP Chief of Staff GEN FELIMON T SANTOS JR AFP; Commanding General, Philippine Army LTGEN GILBERT GAPAY AFP; and, Commanding General, Philippine Air Force LTGEN ALLEN T PAREDES AFP.
Departure honors were also given to the fallen heroes by Western Mindanao Commander, LTGEN CIRILITO SOBEJANA AFP at Edwin Andrews Air Base, Zamboanga City.