CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – After serving 30 years in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Commander of the AFP Medical Center (AFPMC), Brigadier General Mariano Mejia will bid farewell to the military profession Friday, March 31 in a ceremony at the AFP Grandstand.
Lieutenant General Mayoralgo Dela Cruz, The Inspector General, AFP will preside over the retirement ceremony and testimonial parade this afternoon in honor of BGen Mejia and his outstanding accomplishments.
“As Commander of the AFP Medical Center, BGen Mejia took on the challenge of bringing the unit into greater heights by ensuring the highest quality of healthcare services to all AFP personnel,” said Colonel Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Office Chief.
Colonel Patrick De Leon, the current Deputy for Administration, AFPMC will serve as Acting Commander, AFPMC.
Conserving AFP’s Fighting Strength
“In line with the ongoing military operations against terrorist groups and other security threats, BGen Mejia through the First Forward MEDICS provided Personnel, Medical, and Logistic Support to bring about its mandated function of conserving the fighting strength of our troops,” Colonel Arevalo added.
Under BGen Mejia, the AFPMC deployed Forward Medical and Surgical Rotators to Military Hospitals in Zamboanga City, Cotabato City, and Jolo, Sulu. The teams consist of Medical Corps and Nurse Corps Officers who augmented the medical services in military treatment facilities.
Aside from medicines, equipment was also sent to Camp Teodulfo Station Hospital in August 2016. A fully-equipped Field Ambulance KM 451 and a Mobile Surgical/Laboratory/Diagnostic Van were flown via C130 aircraft to Jolo, Sulu.
Seasoned Military Doctor
Brigadier General Mejia first assumed the highest position in the AFPMC in an Acting capacity on August 8, 2016. He held this position concurrently as The Surgeon General, AFP. He officially became the Commander, AFPMC on December 9, 2016.
Aside from being a brilliant military doctor, he is also a Scout Ranger and was assigned to different military treatment facilities particularly in Visayas and Mindanao.
Among BGen Mejia’s previous positions were Commanding Officer at Camp Nakar Station Hospital, Southern Luzon Command in 2007; Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hospital in 2008; Philippine Army General Hospital in 2009; and as the Army Chief Surgeon in 2012.
An adopted member of Philippine Military Academy “MATIKAS” Class 1983, BGen Mejia’s is a Diplomate, Fellow and Former National Chancellor of the Pathology of Philippine Academy Specialists, Inc.; completed the Chemical Defense Course at the Australian Royal Army Engineers New South Wales; and a Senior Executive in National Security from National Defense College of the Philippines.
“The AFP leadership salutes BGen Mejia for his remarkable service to the organization and his dedication in leading the AFP Medical Center in providing better healthcare and medical services to our troops, especially those in the field who continue to risk their lives to protect our country,” General Eduardo Año, AFP Chief of Staff said.