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Soldiers Will Donate Half of their Salary as Additional to Funds Against COVID-19

Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will donate half of their salary as additional to the funds to help fight against coronavirus.

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According to a DZBB Super Radyo report, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said that after President Rodrigo Duterte told his nation’s address on Monday that the funds needed to help with the current COVID-19 crisis in the country were lacking, they decided to raise money to help.

“The AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) leadership heard the Commander-in-Chief’s candid admission in a televised address to the nation that government will not have sufficient funds to deal completely with the massive impacts of COVID-19,” said Arevalo.

The money raised from the kind soldiers will be used to buy additional medical supplies and equipment for hospitals. Arevalo added that each member’s donation will be based on their salary rank.

“Since their salaries for the month of April are already out for payment, the donation—deductible from their Base Pays for the month of May— will be available by the 3rd week of April,” he said.

AFP chief Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. will give P10,484 and the lower ranking soldiers will give P100. The AFP is expected to reach P16.9 million. Recently, public officials in Manila will give all their April salaries as additional fund to help affected residents.

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