Soldiers and students from the Western Philippine Sea will receive food and school supplies

MANILA, Philippines – Soldiers deployed to the Western Philippine Sea (WPS) and schoolchildren in the Kalayaan Islands will receive food and other supplies from the University of the Philippines-Cadet Alumni Organization (UPCAO).

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday received from UPCAO 29 boxes of care packages, which will be sent to the beneficiaries.

Boxes of food, drinking water and toiletries will go to WPS soldiers, including on the island of Pag-asa, according to the head of AFP’s public affairs office, Colonel Jorry Baclor.

Other goods such as milk, biscuits and school supplies and materials will be distributed to children in Kalayaan.

Baclor said the soldiers would also receive letters of gratitude and artwork from students at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde in Manila.

Brig. Gen. Gabriel Viray, AFP Deputy Chief for Civilian Military Operations, received the donation during a ceremony held at the UP Department of Military Science and Tactics in Diliman, Quezon City.

The morale-building program is a project of UPCAO and the UP Reserve Officers Training Corps (UP-ROTC) led by Maria Christina Cecilla Hernandez.

On behalf of AFP, Viray thanked UPCAO and UP-ROTC for supporting the Kalayaan care package project and facilitating activities that strengthen ties between AFP and the population.

“This project demonstrates the solidarity of Filipinos with AFP in protecting our sovereignty from foreign incursions of our maritime borders, airspace and exclusive economic zones,” Viray said.

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