THE ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday feted select personnel from its Dental Service who distinguished themselves in their respective fields.
Outgoing AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Felimon Santos Jr., presided over the awarding ceremony in line with the service's 66th anniversary held at the National Defense College Auditorium and witnessed via live streaming.
"Since its inception more than six decades ago, the AFP Dental Service has continued to prove its critical role in promoting oral and dental health, even extending its boundaries of concern traditionally provided only to our soldiers, civilian human resources, and their immediate families, to the larger Filipino public as well," Santos said in his speech.
This year's awardees include Lt. Col. Romulo Aujero who was recognized as Senior Dental Officer of the Year, 1st Lt. Rose Antoinette Umayam as Junior Dental Officer of the Year, Dr. Imelda Buela as Civilian Dentist of the Year, and Dr. Antonietta Ramos who received a special citation.
Meanwhile, Technical Sgt. Jayson Gerola and Rouel Macaraig were also recognized as this year's top-performing enlisted personnel and civilian human resource, respectively.
The 1301st Dental Dispensary, Naval Station Julhasan Arasain Dental Dispensary, Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoon Dental Dispensary, and 1361st Dental Detachment were also cited for their exemplary regional accomplishments.
The Stakeholder's Award was also given to Col. Edgar Cardinoza, the head of the AFP Health Service Command; the Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc.; the Office of Civil Defense; the Bureau of Customs; EMBRACE project of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp.; and Dental Technologists Association of the Philippines.
"Let us recognize and be inspired by our individual and unit awardees who have displayed remarkable work ethic and dedication in their respective duties that greatly contributed to the mission accomplishment of the AFPDS," Santos added. (By Priam Nepomuceno)