MANILA–For providing personnel and military vehicles which helped mitigate the effects of the two recent nationwide transportation strikes last month, the Armed Forces of the Philippines AFP was presented with the “Parangal” award by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Monday.
Receiving this honor in behalf of the military was AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año.
Awarding ceremonies took place at the AFP General Headquarters Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
The award was handed by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.
“In unity there is strength. We have proven once again that, when there is teamwork and collaboration, we can achieve more. As we face various challenges as a nation, we shall need more of this. We shall divide the tasks in order to multiply our success,” Año said in a statement.
The “Parangal” was conducted to recognize the efforts of bus operators, transport groups, and other government agencies that helped mitigate the effects of the two transport strikes in February.
Among other awardees were the AFP Joint Task Force National Capital Region, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Metro Manila Development Authority, and Department of Public Works and Highways.
“In these events, the AFP dutifully answered to the call of duty along with other government agencies, in easing the inconvenience to the affected commuters. For its part, the AFP dispatched personnel and a number of M-35 trucks and vans to take various routes around Metro Manila and assisted commuters to and from their respective destinations,” the AFP chief stressed.