The United States government has distributed P14.8 million ($300,000) worth of regionally manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and other facilities for Covid-19 treatment across the country.

“This delivery of PPE demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the Philippines to stop Covid-19. During this month, which began with a commemoration of Philippine-American Friendship Day, we are honored to support our Filipino friends, partners, and allies with the PPE they need to assist communities confronting the pandemic,” US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said in a statement.

The donation was made through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and in coordination with the US Agency for International Development.

It brought the overall US government assistance to the Philippines’ Covid-19 response efforts to nearly P981 million ($19.8 million).

DTRA Cooperative Threat Reduction Program Director Robert Pope said the US government was “proud to support brave Filipino medical workers to ensure they are safe and healthy while providing essential medical care to those affected by this deadly virus.”

“We value our longstanding partnerships in the Philippines. One day, we will look back on these events and know that our partnership helped enable a robust response that saved lives and prevented further contagion in the Philippines and surrounding region,” he added. John Ezekiel J. Hirro