DND announced it will mobilize reservists with medical background for PH's COVID-19

DND announced it will mobilize reservists with medical background for PH's COVID-19

When it needs be the government has always the option to tap the reservists.

The Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has announced the plan to mobilize reservists with medical background to help healthcare workers in the country’s efforts in battling the novel coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19).

Lorenzan made the announcement during a virtual press conference after the assumption ceremonies of newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay.

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President initially wanted to mobilize all the reservists, but Lorenzan persuaded the President that only those with medical background as they are the ones urgently needed in the fight against Covid-19.

"It will be good if we can bring them to active service so that they can help in the fight against Covid-19," he said.

According to the Defense Chief the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has 380 medical officers as reservists and another 5,368 enlisted reservist personnel with some medical training.

He added that he has already directed AFP headquarters to determine who among these individuals can be called into active duty.

Lorenzana also clarified that those reservists already working in the medical field and helping in Covid-19 containment efforts will not be activated.

"They are already doing their work so they will not be called to active duty," he said.

Lorenza explained once they are identified they will seek the approval of President Duterte.

"Now once we identify them, we will make the recommendation to the President to call them to active duty, kasi kailangan ng approval ni President (this needs the President's approval) because this will entail some funding while they are in active duty," Lorenzana said.

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