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Cebu Pacific gives free airlift, baggage allowance to military troops in Marawi

By Jonnah Pante - on 25 Jul 2017, 10:27pm

Cebu Pacific gives free airlift, baggage allowance to military troops in Marawi

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To augment air support by the Philippine Air Force by helping in transferring wounded government troops from field hospitals in the area to larger medical units, Cebu Pacific Air will be providing airlift support for the military and police personnel wounded in action (WIA) in Marawi City.

Aside from the airlift aid, the airline will also give the government troops  a baggage allowance of 40 kilograms.

 "It is with deep gratitude that we accept this kind gesture of support by Cebu Pacific led by its President and CEO, Mr. Lance Gokongwei, in the airlift of our heroes wounded in action in Marawi,” Chief of AFP’s Public Affairs Office Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said.

This support is in cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), two entities that will provide larger medical facilities for the troops that will be transferred.

“This will not just afford our troops immediate treatment in hospitals that offer better facilities to aid their speedy recovery, but a meaningful gesture to make your soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines feel that their sacrifices are being recognized and appreciated," Arevalo added.

Cebu Pacific will be organizing flights for WIA government troops that will be fit enough for commercial flight and help them reach CEB domestic destinations.

“The officers and rank-and-file of the Philippine National Police and our families are grateful for this magnanimous expression of kindness and compassion by the management of Cebu Pacific to provide life-saving medical evacuation to policemen who are wounded in fighting local terrorists in Mindanao,” Police Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos, Chief of the PNP Public Information Office, said.

Cebu Pacific will carry government troops from Cagayan De Oro to Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Tagbilaran (Bohol), Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Manila. On July 26, Cebu Pacific will include Zamboanga City to these direct flights.

“This is not the first time that Cebu Pacific extended a helping hand to our troops. We cannot thank them enough for keeping the Filipino spirit of ‘bayanihan’ alive in such crucial time of emergency,” Carlos exclaimed.

Aside from helping government troops, CEB also prepared aid for affected residents through airlifting cargo and other humanitarian assistance, in coordination with the GMA Kapuso Foundation and the Philippine Business for Social Progress where donors can go for packing and transport arrangements of their donations.

Cebu Pacific assures displaced residents of Marawi City and adjacent areas from various organizations, like the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), of continuous free cargo support.

These cargos include relief goods and other essential items, such as food and water, medicines, bandages, clothing, and other necessities.

Recently, the airline has given aid to the Office of Civil Defense in the transport of human assistance.