MANILA – Aside from building military-related infrastructure and projects, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) engineers helped in the construction of temporary shelters and accommodation facilities for the use of medical front-liners amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

“Our engineers, under the leadership of our Chief Engineer, Maj. Gen. William Ilagan, have worked tirelessly in the construction of facilities that are vital in our efforts to lessen the impact of the pandemic, especially on our front-line workers and on our medical treatment facilities,” AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. said in a statement late Thursday.

The 51st Engineering Brigade, with the assistance of other stakeholders, completed the temporary shelters for medical workers at the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) in Quezon City.

These temporary shelters are part of the Oasis Project of the Office of the Vice President and were designed to provide comfortable sleeping accommodations to medical workers in the frontline against the Covid-19 pandemic.

These shelters were inaugurated last June 15 with Vice President Leni Robredo and partners and donors from IKEA Philippines and Angat Buhay, Robredo’s anti-poverty program.

Present during the inauguration ceremonies were Ilagan Architect Peach Buencamino, interior designers Ivy and Cynthia Almario, Architect Rene Heray of the United Architects of the Philippines, Shirley Sanders of the Gardens by Sanders, and Ronnie Traballo of Bomanite, among others.

Aside from LCP, the AFP is also helping in the construction of temporary shelters in Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Chinese General Hospital, and Manila Doctors Hospital.

“We are grateful to Vice President Leni Robredo for initiating this project and for giving the AFP the opportunity to assist in the construction. We will not stop here and our lines will continue to be open for more Angat Buhay projects,” Santos said. (PNA)