MANILA – A Philippine Air Force (PAF) Lockheed C-130 “Hercules” cargo plane picked up 334 rolls of fabrics from the Xiamen International Airport in China over the weekend.
In a statement Sunday night, PAF spokesperson Maj. Aristides Galang said the fabrics were procured by the Department of Trade and Industry and will be used in the local manufacture of personnel protective equipment (PPE) sets for medical front-liners engaged in containing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.
The cargo plane left and returned to the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City Saturday.
These fabric rolls weigh around 11,256 kilograms.
PAF medical teams and Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives personnel from the 710th Special Operations Wing were present during the arrival of the C-130 ensuring that all cargoes and personnel aboard the aircraft were subjected to preventive disinfection and decontamination process.
“The PAF pilots and crew dedicated all their skills and efforts to ensure that the much-needed medical supplies and other essential equipment are successfully transported. Undoubtedly, their sacrifices are a clear manifestation that the welfare of the Filipino people is their first priority in support of the ‘Bayanihan to Heal as One Act’,” Galang said. (ia/PNA)