The Philippine government, through the Office of Civil Defense, received a donation of about 1,300 pieces of new cot beds from the United States government. Said beds will be provided for frontline personnel rendering duties amid the country’s COVID-19 response.
This donation by the U.S. was coursed through the U.S. Embassy to the Philippines and the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG).
The official turnover of donation took place this morning, 10 April 2020, at the Embassy of the United States in Roxas Boulevard. In attendance were U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., OCD Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics Rear Admiral Alberto Carlos, and JUSMAG Chief Col. Stephen Ma.
Ambassador Kim stated, "I'm pleased to be able to hand over these new cots, on behalf of the U.S. government, to our Philippine partners. We stand together with the Philippines, as both of our nations work to save lives and protect our people in the fight against COVID-19."
According to Undersecretary Jalad, these cot beds will be provided to government agencies involved in the COVID-19 response. “This donation is a big help to our frontliners. These will serve as their temporary beds while they are away from home, doing service amid our fight against Covid,” Jalad said. He added that these too will augment existing supplies in quarantine areas.
Out of these donated cots, the Philippine General Hospital was among the first to be provided with these cot beds intended to support patients and frontline Department of Health medical professionals stationed at PGH.