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P500M for V. Luna upgrade

PRESIDENT Duterte (center) poses  for a picture with soldiers during a visit to a military hospital in Quezon City Tuesday. Addressing hundreds of soldiers during his visit, Duterte said he wanted to achieve peace during his lifetime and was studying the possibility of declaring another unilateral ceasefire. (Malacañang photo)

PRESIDENT Duterte (center) poses for a picture with soldiers during a visit to a military hospital in Quezon City Tuesday. Addressing hundreds of soldiers during his visit, Duterte said he wanted to achieve peace during his lifetime and was studying the possibility of declaring another unilateral ceasefire. (Malacañang photo)

President Duterte on Tuesday announced that the government is allocating P500 million for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center on V. Luna St., Quezon City.

According to the President, the money will be used to acquire state-of-the-art medical equipment and construct a new hospital building for the country’s soldiers.

Duterte announced this during his visit to battle casualty patients at the AFPMC.

“Magpasalamat tayo kay (Budget) Secretary (Benjamin) Diok-no. Binigay niya lahat ng gusto ninyo na equipment pati isang building,” he told injured troops, doctors, and nurses.

Among the items to be purchased will be a magnetic resonance imaging equipment and gamma ray machine which is used for non-invasive treatment of tumors.

The President said he was surprised to hear that a national institution under the AFP does not even have an MRI.

He also noted that one of the buildings of the AFPMC is “not suitable anymore for the confinement of soldiers who are hospitalized” and promised to give them a new building.

Construction of the new building would start two months from now, he said. And as for the equipment, Duterte said it should be of best quality to make sure that soldiers and their families get the best medical care. (Elena L. Aben)

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