Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recently donated various medical supplies and medicines to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) 600th Air Base Group in this Freeport.
During the monthly flag raising ceremony of the state-owned firm, CDC President and CEO Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera turned oved the said donations to PAF 600th Air Base Group Commander Col. Gilberto Esteban. They were joined by CDC External Affairs Department (EAD) – Corporate Social Responsibility and Placement Division (CSRPD) Manager Sarah Lerum and CDC Health and Sanitation Division (HSD) Manager Dr. Clemencita Dobles.
Some of the donated materials include four cardiac monitors, one defibrillator, 15 green foam, five hospital beds with mattress covers, five medicine cabinets, five nebulizers, five oxygen regulators and tanks, 10,000 pieces of surgical gowns, and 500 pieces of washable cover-all. Aside from these, medicines such as amoxicillin, ORS, and paracetamol were also provided.
According to CDC, the initiative is part of the agency’s CSR program and forms part of its strengthened partnership with the PAF Air Base Group. The ceremonial turnover of the donation also coincided with the commemoration of signing of the revised military base agreement on January 7, 1979.
The promulgation of the revised military base agreement in 1979 is considered as one of the most significant developments in the Philippine – American relations. For the first time in more than 75 years, this paved the way for the establishment of Philippine sovereignty over US bases in the country. It should be noted that the Clark Freeport Zone is a former US military facility that has been transformed into one of the country’s premier investment tourism destinations.