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Philippines, The Republic of

Capital: ManilaArea: 300 . 000 km2Population: 102 . 724 . 000Official Language: Filipino, EnglishArmed Forces Personnel: 110 . 000Medical Officers: 415Military hospitals / institutes / schools: 29 / 26 /
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Surgeon General
Joseph M. Acosta
Brigadier General

AFP Medical Service
Office of the Surgeon General
2/F Bulwagang Valdez
Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo
Quezon City 1110
PHILIPPINES

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Service is charged with the mission of conserving the fighting strength of the AFP and to effectively manage medical service resources through the application of diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, restorative, and preventive medicine in main taining the health and well being of the military personnel and their dependents.


The AFP Medical Service Organization is composed of the Office of The Surgeon General, Office of the Chief Surgeon of each Major Services (Army, Air Force, Navy), and the Commanding Officers of Medical Treatment Facilities of the General Headquarters, Unified Commands, and AFP-Wide Service Support Separate Units (AFPWSSUs), and Major Services.


The Office of the Surgeon General led by The Surgeon General (TSG), is the Special Medical Adviser of the Secretary of National Defense and of the Chief of Staff, AFP on all medical and health matters affecting the AFP. It also exercises technical supervision over all Medical Treatment Facilities, and other units of Medical Service in the AFP. Its principal concern is to ensure that the AFP personnel are healthy and physically fit to perform its mandated functions.

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The Office of The Surgeon General exercises supervisory and staff functions of planning, directing, coordinating, and controlling of matters pertaining to Medical Service namely, Medical Corps (MC), Veterinary Corps (VC), and Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) of the AFP. It is composed of the member corps of the AFP Medical Service organization and serves as the higher management standpoint of the AFP Medical Service through the formulation of plans, policies and programs that shall ensure the successful accomplishment of its mission and functions.


To ensure the comprehensive delivery of Healthcare services, TSG exercises coordinative relationship to The Chief Nurse, AFP and The Chief Dental Service, AFP on matters relative to their respective functions.


Number of Medical Service Personnel
Medical Corps: .............................................................415

Specialization                                                                        Nr
General Surgery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Orthopedic Surgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Plastic Surgery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Neuro-Surgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Anesthesiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Ophthalmology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
ENT-HNS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Urology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Nephrology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Pulmonology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Gastroenterology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Oncology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Infectious Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Pediatrics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
OB-Gyn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Radiology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Internal Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Rehab Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Psychiatry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Pathology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Emergency Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Family Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Occupational Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Nuclear Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
General Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
NP Screener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4


Veterinary Corps: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Medical Administrative Corps: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131


AFP Medical Treatment Facilities
The AFP has one (1) Medical Centre, three (3) general hospitals;  twenty-six (26) station hospitals, fifteen (15) medical dispensaries, ten (10) forward support medical companies, and one (1) medical service school.


Name of Military Hospitals                                      Bed Capacity
AFP Medical Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.200
Presidential Security Group (PSG) Station Hosp . . . . . . . . . . 25
Cp Gen Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hosp, GHQ & HSC . . . . . . . 25
Fort Del Pilar Stn Hosp, Phil Military Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Cp Aquino Stn Hosp, NOLCOM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Cp Nakar Stn Hosp, SOLCOM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Cp Lapu-Lapu Stn Hosp, CENTCOM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Army General Hospital, PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Kuta Major Cesar Sang-Ang Stn Hosp, 1ID, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Army Stn Hosp, 2ID, PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Cp Macario Peralta Stn Hosp, 3ID, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Cp Evangelista Stn Hosp, 4ID, PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Cp Melchor F Dela Cruz Stn Hosp, 5ID, PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Cp Siongco Stn Hosp, 6ID, PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Fort Magsaysay Army Stn Hosp, 7ID PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Cp Lukban Stn Hosp, 8ID, PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Cp Elias Angeles Stn Hosp, 9ID, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Air Force General Hospital, PAF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Fernando Air Base Hospital, PAF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Basa Air Base Hosp, PAF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Air Force City Hosp, PAF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
BGEN Benito Ebuen Air Base Hosp, PAF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Edwin Andrews Air Base Hosp, PAF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Major Danilo Atienza Air Base Hosp, PAF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Cp Gen Artemio Ricarte Stn Hosp, PAF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Manila Naval Hospital, PN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Cavite Naval Hospital, PN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Naval Stn Leovigeldo Gantioqui Hosp, PN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Cp Panacan Stn Hosp, NFEM, PN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Cp Navarro Gen Hosp, NFWM, PN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Cp Teodolfo Bautista Stn Hosp, NFWM,PN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Centre (AFPMC) is a level 3 military hospitals with a bed capacity of 1,200.


Capabilities:
a. Provides consultation and treatment in all health care fields of specialty except organ transplant.
b. Promotive, preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, restorative, and rehabilitative health services.
c. Conducts career courses, residency, internship, and inservice training to health service personnel. Ambulance services to in-patients.
d. Provides disaster response teams in times of disasters and calamities; medical personnel for civic action activities; and medical/surgical teams in support to Internal Security Operation (ISO) campaign.

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General Hospitals in the Major Services

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  1. Field Deployments
    Basically, the system of evacuation and hospitalization in the area of operation (AO) functions in the following manner:

  2. When a soldier in a combat battalion is wounded on the battlefield, the first aid is Self-Aid/Buddy Aid (SA/BA). 2) As the situation allows, he then receives medical care from one of the combat medics. These combat medics perform emergency medical care.
  3. The patient is then evacuated by medical platoon evacuation personnel or by field ambulance to a company aid post (CAP), where he may be given further emergency medical care, and then to the Battalion Aid Station (BAS).
  4. The patient may bypass the CAP and be moved directly to the BAS. The BAS is the first MTF in the evacuation system where a patient is treated by medical personnel who have had specialized medical training beyond that provided by a combat medic.
  5. If the patient requires additional treatment, he is prepared for further evacuation. When evacuated beyond the BAS, he leaves the unit level medical service support system and enters the division level system.
  6. An ambulance from the Forward Support Medical Platoon (FSMP) of a Forward Support Medical Company FSMC) attached to the infantry brigade picks up the patient at the BAS and transports him to the Brigade Treatment Facility (BTF) which is capable of more extensive treatment.
  7. Assuming that this patient is to be evacuated farther to the rear, sufficient treatment is given to prepare him for the trip. An ambulance either ground or air then comes forward from the division area and evacuates the patient to the Division or Area Command Station Hospital or Civilian Hospitals in the area.Photo

One (1) field line ambulance (FLA) is normally allocated to each medical platoon of the infantry battalion to evacuate casualties from CCP/CAP to the BAS, and one (1) FLA allocated to each FSMP to evacuate casualties from the BAS to the BTF or nearest military/civilian hospital if so warrants.


Forward Medical Emergency Deployable Intermediate Care
System (Forward MEDICS)
is a modularized deployable medical support system which may initially be attached to an ill-equipped, undermanned Station hospital/medical treatment facility, or attached to an FSMC at brigade level to enhance/augment its resuscitative surgical/trauma care capability. The Forward MEDICS is one of the major operating units of the AFP Medical Center (AFPMC) and assumes the mission and function of the deactivated AFP Mobile Surgical Hospital.

Functions:

  1. It is designated to admit, sort, and temporarily hospitalize injured and wounded soldiers.
  2. It addresses life-threatening conditions of combat casualties which are beyond the capabilities of combat medics.
  3. It provides emergency surgical care to stabilize casualties who might otherwise die or lose a limb before reaching definitive care.
  4. Provides intensive care to post-operative patients and to critically-ill patients prior to evacuation.
  5. Contains all necessary medical materials (including consumables), instruments and equipment for full operation (casualty surge).
  6. It has basic field type laboratory for basic blood diagnostic for blood transfusion.
  7. It is provided with a field type x-ray imaging and processing capability.

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Active Participation in International Military Medicine Conference

The AFP Medical Service hosted the 6th ASEAN Chiefs of Military Medicine Conference (ACMMC) with the theme: “Global Climate Change: Challenges to the ASEAN Military Medicine” from 11 to 13 July 2016 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel, Mandaluyong City Philippines with TSG as the Host and Chairman of the AFP Executive Committee.

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The conference was attended by the ten (10) ASEAN member states with the ASEAN Chiefs of Military Medicine as the Head of Delegation. It aims to enhance trust, promote exchange activities and mutual understanding as well as practical cooperation among the ASEAN military medicine to meet the demands and common interest of all ASEAN member states.

The Philippine Young ASEAN Military Medical Officer (YAMMO) delegate, CPT REAGAN G VELASCO MC assigned at the Department of Orthopedic and Traumatology, V Luna General Hospital, AFP Medical Center won 1st Place out of six (6) papers presented for his Scientific Paper Presentation entitled “Comparison of the Amount of Antibiotic Elution between Antibiotic Beads and Antibiotic Discs: An Experimental Study”.

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Civil-Military Cooperation
The AFP Medical Service continuously participates in the different civilian-military cooperation by sending medical teams to:

  • Medical/Civic Actions
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response

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As part of the countries involved in the US Pacific Fleet’s annual pacific partnership mission, the US Pacific Fleet deployed its platform, the NS Mercy (Hospital Ship) in Legazpi City, Albay on 27 June 2016 to 11 July 2016. The purpose of the exercise was to enhance the response capability and develop interoperability of both armed forces and stakeholders during times of disaster and calamities. It was achieved through the conduct of joint and combined HCA/CMO activities in Legazpi City and neighboring municipalities with in the province of Albay. It also aimed to promote and exchange best health practices among the US Navy Medical Personnel and Local medical professionals – civilian and/or military.

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Other Special Aspects
The Medical Corps Officers are active members of the Philippine Association of Military Surgeons, Inc. (PAMS, Inc.) which is accredited with the Philippine Medical Association. While the Veterinary Corps Officers and Medical Administrative Corps Officers are active members of the Military Veterinarians Association of the Philippines (MVAP) and Association of Medical Administrative Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Inc. (AMACAFP, Inc.) respectively.