DND approves 10% of military modernization projects

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FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City—The Department of National Defense has approved about 10 percent of the 138 modernization projects meant to modernize the military to defend the Philippine territories.

Speaking to reporters on the sideline of the alumni homecoming at the Philippine Military Academy, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin expressed optimism the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Projects will be approved in its entirety until November.

Among the approved projects were the purchase of force protection equipment like bullet-proof vests and helmets, and ammunition for troops, Gazmin said.

Gazmin said the DND has been checking military equipment made in Italy, South Korea, France and Spain, adding that all transactions would be “government-to-government.”

“Tinitingnan na lahat itong mga makakapag-offer sa atin ng equipment na kailangan natin at kaya nating bayaran (We are looking at all these countries that can offer us the equipment we need at the price we can afford),” Gazmin said.

On top of the list are military equipment needed to secure the country’s borders, he said.

“Tinitingnan natin iyong para ma-address natin iyong issue ng territory natin. Kailangan maguwardiyahan natin iyong ating kapaligiran, iyong ating bakuran, upang sa ganon ay hindi naman tayo nalalapastangan (We are looking for equipment that will our territorial issues. We need to protect our environment, our territory, so we would not be transgressed),” he said.

The Aquino administration has earmarked P70 billion for the AFP modernization projects.

In 1995, the Ramos administration enacted RA 7898 or the AFP Modernization Act, which allocated P330 million worth of upgrades for the military spread in a 15-year period. However, only P33 million of the amount was spent and only for capability upgrade.

“Bago matapos ang panahon ng pangulo maipagmamalaki na natin ang armed forces natin… Siguro hindi na aabutan ng 2016 ito, siguro mga 2013 o 2014 meron na tayong maipagmamalaking sariling atin (Before the term of our president ends, we will have an Armed Forces that we can be proud of. Maybe this won’t even take until 2016. Maybe by 2013 or 2014 we will have something that we can be proud of),” Gazmin told reporters.

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  • alice_in_chains

    order na tayo ng attack choppers pang anti insurgency, pwede din mag patrol sa dalampasigan laban sa intruders at pirata. good luck!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ‘ammunition for troops’

    dapat palakasin ang arsenal
    sa bataan

    up to rockets

  • jose_rizal11

    nine years ni gloria wala man lng nagawa bwiset binusog lng ung mga general para d makudeta, grabe!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/hklt0110 Blue Network

    very nice news..at least may timeline si Sec. Gazmin, sana mas kahit hindi mahal basta maasahang kagamitan..wag secondhand..^^

  • Nagagalitna

    Tama yan sir mabuhay kayo at ang sandatahang pilipino.

  • Philo_talks

    Mas magandang ipagmalaki ang sariling industriyang pang-militar. Kailangan natin ito. May civilian at economic application ang military industry.

  • delpillar

    Isama na rin sa modernization ang Database System ng pasweldo and pension services ng AFP para matanggal na ang ghost soldiers na kumakain ng budget..

    It has been reported before that 70,000 regular (active and combat-ready) soldiers of the Philippine Army is not even 60,000. Some of those counted-as regular soldiers are actually civilian employees and about 5,000 ghost soldiers who are just fictitious names and addresses. According to some, the 40,000 CAFGU and other Para-Military units na pinapa-sweldo ng AFP are not even half that numbers. Some CVO or civilian-volunteers para-military units are listed na pinapasweldo daw ng AFP but they are not.

    The database systems of the AFP are said to be not even relational or (object-oriented) with high integrity of data and anti-duplication of records … it is just like a spreadsheet manually-listed files that can be doctored easily.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    While modernization is being done, how about the modernization of your personnel`s skills? Especially those with special skills such as scientists, I`m sure we are sending military men and women to study abroad, but i`m just not sure if they are there to acquire science and technology knowledge or just there because they were Philippine scholars sent in there just to acquire military knowledge. It is high time to have our military develop a military division whose goal is to acquire science and technology through research and development and partnerships with other institutions such as our universities or outside the country.

    Next, what about the bases to be leased out for businesses? The AFP has become so dependent on the government to fund it`s own needs and how can you “become all you can be” if you have no initiative? The AFP should also think of ways to increase it`s income generations not just in the stock market, but your valuable lands and or military  industrial complex for exports or producing our own quality armamants for the AFP to use.

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