This is one of the perks when you or at least a family member works for the government.
Growing up in a civilian family, I know little of the existence of this store inside a military facility (or perhaps I really don’t care at all). But since my husband and I got together 5 years ago, I was introduced to this service inside the AFP Medical Center (AFPMC) where he used to live. The one in AFPMC is not fancy at all–no aircon, small aisles, no shopping bags, no bagger, etc. But there is one thing that you would love about going here: the price.
Last Saturday was the second time I brought Noa to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Commissary and Exchange Services (AFPCES) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. If I’m not mistaken, there are 2 AFPCES inside Camp Aguinaldo. We usually go to the one near Gates 5 & 6. However, last Saturday, they ran out of “L” Drypers Wee Wee Dry so I asked my Dad to drive us to the bigger AFPCES which is near the main gate.
Much to my surprise, a lot of things already changed. At first, I did not recognize it since I am used to finding the entrance on a secondary road. I was told by a man I spoke with that since December 2011, the new and improved AFPCES moved its entrance door to the main road. And now, they have glass walls, just like your favorite supermarket. It’s now air-conditioned, wider aisles, but still no bagger and shopping bags.
I mix feed my daughter Noa, who is turning 9 months on Wednesday and she likes Wyeth’s Promil Gold. I get the 1.6 kilograms of Promil Gold from Mercury Drugstore, SM or Puregold Supermarket for at most PHP1,700+ per can! But everytime we go to AFPCES, we can only get it for P1,481! If you do the Math, you can save up to P300!
Diapers are also cheaper here. You name the nappy and they have it! We are proud users of Drypers Wee Wee Dry and the next best thing for us is Huggies Dry Comfort. This commissary houses them both including EQ, Pampers & Prokids.
They also sell baby foods like Nestle Cerelac or Promina.
Here’s more of EQ, Drypers and Huggies.
The most basic question I receive when my mommy friends learn this is : Is it open to the public?
With my experience in buying from the AFPCES in AFPMC, they required me to use a Purchase Card and the availability of my government-issued ID for validation. I even remember reading a posted rule before that buyers are limited to P5,000 purchase a day. Some people abuse this subsidy from the government by reselling the stuff in their Sari-Sari Store.
The point I’m trying to drive at here is that, I’m thankful for this facility because it really helps our family to save more, especially when buying my daughter’s needs. So I’m encouraging those who are eligible and have access to this facility to utilize it because you will make the most out of your household budget.
As of writing this entry, I’m open for more information and other important details pertaining to the AFPCES. I’m not an expert on this, thus, feedback is highly appreciated. You can help me and my readers by commenting after this post. I only wrote based on my personal experience. 🙂