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MANILA, Philippines–A newly refurbished C-130 cargo plane and other air and ground assets were turned over at the Philippine Air Force Headquarters at Villamor Air Base Friday.

Aside from the 48-year-old C-130B (3633), the PAF will also have one rainmaker aircraft (LC-210), one recovered Huey, and 12 M-35 trucks, all of which were blessed in the ceremony.

The restored assets were part of the military’s P579.4 million maintenance project. The C130 (3633) project took 33 months. It was the first C130 to be completely repaired locally, according to Vice Commander Major General Raul Gabriel Dimatatac who led the ceremonies.

Dimatatac also recognized the project team behind the restoration of C130, composed of personnel from Air Logistics Command, 200th Airlift Wing and 410th Maintenance Wing.

There are now three C-130s in the Air Force inventory, with another (#4704) that underwent the Programmed Depot Maintenance in Mojave, California using US Foreign Military funding which lasted for 27 months and cost P549.8 million for structural work alone.


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  • patriotic_act

    maintenance is good.. proper usage is another, its really good to see something and a lot happening on this administration.

    I hope the government will also consider getting drones than fighter jets.. and concentrate the bulk of the military modernization fund on our Navy.

  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    I remember the worlds’ biggest can of sardine.. the C130.

    I remember there were 3 F-5′s in WesCom in Palawan, then it was none.

     

  • Albert Einstien

    PURO PROPAGANDA naman…wala kwenta!  KILOS na! c-130 lalagyan ng tuna?..3 choppers pang transport ng ma politicians para mag -papicure sa media?

    what is the NOYNOYING GOVT DOING?i’m WONDERING why the AFP was ONLY given ..75 billion pesos in 5 years or $365 million per year on the AFP modernization ……that is SHORT of GIVING AWAY RP to CHINA on a SILVER PLATTER….alam naman nilang nasa PANATAG na ang china…….kung hintayin ang 15 years pa ubos na ang filipino non….ANYTIME pwede na lumanding sa manila at mainland luzon ang china….2013 is very CRITICAL for us…..so SAD!our navy cant swim, our airforce cant fly, our army cant walk………..we have an UN-APPROPRIATED $ 84 billion fc reserve ( courtesy of OFWs & BPO ) and it will increase by $ 22-25 billion a year from OFW remittance & $12 billion a year fron BPO..& $ 1.1- 1.5 billion from malampaya a year …we must give it to AFP to build & develop NUCLEAR CAPABILITY …or we can buy 13 aircraft carriers : The TOP Nimitz-class carriers cost only $6.2 billion each to produce. or..we can buy already …4,823 – F16s: military specifications; around 17Million U.S Dollars each Why Pnoy govt is still NOYNOYING…ARM the AFP NOW….give the $83 billion FC reserves to AFP nowwe can have at least 13 aircraft carriers or 4,823 F16s already with the excess $ 83 billion fc reserve… without TOUCHING our 2 TRILLION NATIONAL BUDGET, oil & mining production income & LGU INCOME….pnoy govt so INCOMPETENT…!It’s WORTH it beside from protecting territory & national pride…With the above FIREPOWER ….we can also get : the .$26.3-Trillion Oil Reserves ..Country’s Untapped Deposits Mostly In Spratlys Philippines News Agency April 25, 2012, MANILA, Philippines- The Philippines is “sitting on a mountain of gold,” with untapped hydrocarbon deposits estimated at $26.3 trillion, mostly found in the disputed Spratly chain of islands, more than enough to free the country from the shackles of poverty.Also if we are able to claim SABAH… It has the potential to produce 1 million barrels of oil a day,” “The estimated reserves from the present Sabah oilfields is 1.4 billion barrels of oil and 7.7 trillion scf of gas.” ..dapat KABATAAN na lang magpatakbo ng gobyerno..matulog at maglaro na lang mga PULPUL na LIDERS natin…grabe!

  • ronaldimus

    hi

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    “The restored assets were part of the military’s P579.4 million maintenance project. The C130 (3633) project took 33 months.”

    Very nice!  33 months to repair a C-130?  I just hope they did not forged the parts by hand…

    How about this, we take away the pork barrel from F O O O O C K E E E E N G congress and senate for one year.  Just one year.  Its worth billions of pesos, we can at least upgrade to a more decent air power.  Any tongressman or senatong who will refuse to hand over their pork barrel, we just shoot them right between the eyes.  These eeediots dont need pork because their job is to legislate. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    We need more rescue choppers for the coast guard/ navy/ marines/ police.

    • patriotic_act

      I agree,

      Multi Purpose utility helicopters than can be outfitted with armaments.. atleast we will have dual purpose equipment in one.. the UH-60 Black Hawk can be one.. atleast 10 of it to be distributed equally..

      And the rest of the budget to our Navy.. I hope to see atleast 3 Nuclear Submarines (BRP-Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao) and a fleet of utility, repair and attack cruisers in the future.. wishful thinking

      • $18209031

        Yang Lynx Helos galing UK ay talagang mabilis tumakbo . 

  • $18209031

    Congrats sa ating Sandatang Himpapawid ng Pinas.  Refurbishing those old aging airframe takes a lot of work.  Basta bago ang engines okey na yan . Hope to see them hauling supplies to Mindanao stricken areas.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUNBI66J3EGEPMV5LFCN53OUGI JEO

    This should be just the beginning of our military build up. we must build our defense capabilty all the time! hopefully our government will really serious in building a nation for the benefits and safety our people..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

    eto na yung modernization?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N5Z7WY2SAGBHI6AA7PV2QIZP5A Renz Roger

    3 choppers para sa navy AW 109 walang kakayahan mag detect ng enemy submarine its more fun in the philipines.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

    Di pwedeng bago at hi-tech ang gamit ng Air Force of the Philippines! Wala na silang pagkakakitaan sa Mindanao at sa mga rebelde kasi matatapos na agad ang laban dun pag masyado na advanced ang Air Force natin.. Makes sense di ba!? HAHAHAHA

  • Mamang Pulis

    perfect!!

    now pnoy can go and meet china head on!!

    refurbished air force

    new ships for the navy

    balikatan trained marines and army socoms!

    perfect!!

    ang galing talaga ni pnoy!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    ITO BA ANG IPINAGMALAKI NG ADMINISTRATION.MABABA ANG GALIGAYAHAN.

    • Facilitator1

      Korek ka Kabayan. We are all frustrated by the negligible amount dedicated for military upgrade spending. But it’s a START–no matter how minuscule.

      This problem can be easily rectified by all lawmakers (Senators and Congressmen) by withholding their yearly “pork barrel” allotments. This supreme lawmakers self-sacrifice will surely make a dent to our military combat readiness deficiencies. But this is just a wishful thinking…

      Ideas to generate MORE much need FUNDS:

      1) All known cases of unexplained wealth should be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law and if found guilty, all illegally acquired assets will be confiscated in favor of the government.  

      2) All crimes involving illegal drugs or trafficking will also be confiscated to include assets and properties involved in drug trafficking. 

      Proceeds (confiscated assets and properties) from these illegal activities will be used to buy much needed military hardware. And the law should/must be written to prevent government officials from using these funds not for the intended purpose and all transactions must be transparent beyond reproach.

      PEACE… 

      • Orly Lacerna

        Oo nga ganyan nga talaga ang dapat na mangyari na talaga namang ginagawa na rin ng ibang bansa, 20 years na akong nagtatrabahon dito sa europe, yon bang mga multa na nakukuha sa illigal parking for example or gaya ng mga nabanggit mo. Maganda ba t maliwanag na alam natin kung saan napupunta ang mga halagang kapag pinagsama sama ay di biro  kung gaano kalaki kaso nga lang ang halagang iyong nabanggit ay napupunta lang sa kamay ng mga ganid!! kasi madaling naibubulsa ang perang  galing sa ganyan. Sana naman nababasa ito ng mga kinauukulan. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    ANO ANG MABILI NG PH. SA 75B PESOS SA LOOB NG 5 TAON? F 16 COST 60M TO 80M DOLLARS TA 50 IS NOT A FIGHTER JET MAHAL PA PH. GOVT. SHOULD LOOK ANOTHER COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA . RUSSIAN JETS LIKE UPGRADED MIG 29,SU30 WHICH ARE CHEAPER THAN US MADE.OUR GOVT. SHOULD BE REALIZED THAT PH. IS NOT PRIORITY COUNTRIES IN US.LOOK ONLY 30M MILITARY AID THIS YEAR OTHER GOT BILLIONS EVEN WHEN PH. HOST OF 2 MILITARY BASES PH. STILL GET SMALL AMOUNT WITH 450M DOLLORS DURING MARCOS TIME THE OTHER COUNTRIES GOT BILLION EVEN WITHOUT MIL. BASES. ANG ATING DEPENSA AY HINDI NATIN IASA SA US. KAILANGAN BIGYAN NG CONGRESS SAPAT NA PONDO ANG ATING A F P AT PCG.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WTIRTIXLBR5X47RMVKB3T43SWA charles

    the three new Aguusta choppers our navy will buy should also have anti-submarine capabilities…or else we’re sitting ducks in the West philippine Sea…

  • Albert Einstien

    what is the NOYNOYING GOVT DOING?

    BIBILI sila ng tatlong chooper pero ang presyo agad nla 1.3 billion o $10.6 milion bawat isa…PERO ang price tag lang e $6.3 million cost a piece of AW 109 Power helicopter….or 756 million for 3 pieces..where the HELL is more than HALF BILLION or 544 MILLION …COA where are you..dnd please explain…i’m advocating that $84 billion reserve fc should be given to AFP….but please BUY only those with DEFENSE capablities like fighter planes NOT OVERPRICED sitting duck GOLDEN choppers good only for PROPAGANDA & TRANSPORTING officials, politicians & their mistresses…C-130 lalagyan lang ng tuna yan at 20 trucks…anong DEFENSE capabilities ng mga yan….

    i’m WONDERING why the AFP was ONLY given ..75 billion pesos in 5 years or $365 million per year on the AFP modernization ……that is SHORT of GIVING AWAY RP to CHINA on a SILVER PLATTER….alam naman nilang nasa PANATAG na ang china…….kung hintayin ang 15 years pa ubos na ang filipino non….ANYTIME pwede na lumanding sa manila at mainland luzon ang china….2013 is very CRITICAL for us…..so SAD!our navy cant swim, our airforce cant fly, our army cant walk………..we have an UN-APPROPRIATED $ 84 billion fc reserve ( courtesy of OFWs & BPO ) and it will increase by $ 22-25 billion a year from OFW remittance & $12 billion a year fron BPO..& $ 1.1- 1.5 billion from malampaya a year …we must give it to AFP to build & develop NUCLEAR CAPABILITY …or we can buy 13 aircraft carriers : The TOP Nimitz-class carriers cost only $6.2 billion each to produce. or..we can buy already …4,823 – F16s: military specifications; around 17Million U.S Dollars each Why Pnoy govt is still NOYNOYING…ARM the AFP NOW….give the $83 billion FC reserves to AFP nowwe can have at least 13 aircraft carriers or 4,823 F16s already with the excess $ 83 billion fc reserve… without TOUCHING our 2 TRILLION NATIONAL BUDGET, oil & mining production income & LGU INCOME….pnoy govt so INCOMPETENT…!It’s WORTH it beside from protecting territory & national pride…With the above FIREPOWER ….we can also get : the .$26.3-Trillion Oil Reserves ..Country’s Untapped Deposits Mostly In Spratlys Philippines News Agency April 25, 2012, MANILA, Philippines- The Philippines is “sitting on a mountain of gold,” with untapped hydrocarbon deposits estimated at $26.3 trillion, mostly found in the disputed Spratly chain of islands, more than enough to free the country from the shackles of poverty.Also if we are able to claim SABAH… It has the potential to produce 1 million barrels of oil a day,” “The estimated reserves from the present Sabah oilfields is 1.4 billion barrels of oil and 7.7 trillion scf of gas.” ..dapat KABATAAN na lang magpatakbo ng gobyerno..matulog at maglaro na lang mga PULPUL na LIDERS natin…grabe!

    • watot

      Nice! its like buying candy at sari sari store? hope so dude!!!

  • Pluma Mana

    langya naman yan mga air, ground & naval assets ng afp nakakatawa!

    lahat restored, repaired, refurbished & recovered. LAHAT UUGUD-UGOD NA!

  • Pinoy1960

    SPECIAL REPORT
    To Albert Einstein,

    Please read on…. Using the FC as you suggested to buy  war materiel will be catastrophic to PH economy.

    Vigilance seen to be key in sustaining PH boom

    By Daxim L. Lucas
    Philippine Daily Inquirer11:13 pm | Thursday, December 27th, 2012
    1 26 15

    Conclusion
    Like any grizzled veteran watching from the sidelines, Gabriel Singson loves telling “war stories,” chuckling as he shares inside jokes and anecdotes from his long years in government service.
    But his tone quickly turns serious when discussing the financial crisis that defined his stewardship of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in the 1990s.
    “It was a very different time,” he said. “We have it so much better now. So much money is coming in that we don’t know where to put it.”
    Indeed, the kind of funds that have swamped the Philippines over the last two years are, for the most part, portfolio investments. Derisively known in the financial community as “hot money,” these are funds invested in the stock market, Philippine-issued bonds or the central bank’s high-yielding special deposit accounts.
    These funds can leave the country as quickly as they enter, sometimes needing only a trader sitting in New York to push a button on his terminal to execute a sale and repatriate the investments.
    On the other hand, foreign direct investment (FDI)—capital from abroad that stays in the country almost permanently, and is used to build factories and critical infrastructure—remains in short supply.
    “Hot money makes up the bulk of inflows nowadays,” Singson said. “What we need is more FDIs.”
    This year, the government expects the Philippines to receive $1.3 billion in FDIs (comparable to that of Cambodia) and about a tenth of the $12.7 billion that entered economically troubled Vietnam in the same period.
    Singson also complains that not a day goes by without him receiving text messages on his mobile phone from unrecognized numbers—all offering him condominium units at “affordable” prices and “attractive” financing terms.
    “Do you receive those messages, too?” he asked, looking at his phone. “Ang dami. Minsan nakakainis eh (There’s a lot of them. Sometimes it’s irritating).”
    Which is not to say that the property sector is overheating.
    “In 1997, condo buildings were empty, and the units were mostly bought with debt,” said COL Financial Group president Conrado Bate, citing a key difference between today and the crisis of 15 years ago. “Nowadays, some condos are also empty… but they were bought with cash.”
    ‘We knew what was coming’
    On the morning of July 11, 1997, the supervisor of the BSP’s treasury department, came to work earlier than usual.
    An hour before the 9 a.m. he girded himself for battle by reading real-time news reports of one country after another being overwhelmed by a massive wave of currency speculation sweeping the region.
    “Naturally, I was scared,” the BSP official said. “We knew that other countries, starting with Thailand, were falling like dominoes since the week before.”
    That official was an up-and-coming managing director named Amando Tetangco Jr.—the man who now heads the BSP.
    His recollections give the impression of a man on a beach, holding a pail of water, and tasked with stopping the financial tsunami looming on the horizon.
    “We knew what was coming,” Tetangco said, describing the tension in the trading room that morning. “At kakaunti ang bala namin (We didn’t have enough ammunition).”
    And it didn’t take long before the inevitable came to pass.
    Within 30 minutes from the start of trading, relentless speculative attacks pushed the peso from 26 to a dollar to 29. In the ensuing market panic, bankers completely forgot about “stop trading” limits imposed by regulators and continued dumping the local currency long after the threshold was breached. (Trading stopped mid-morning after someone remembered it.)
    Four days later, with the peso already weakened way past the 30:$1 mark—and with the BSP running low on precious dollar reserves—authorities decided to stop intervening and allow the currency to free-fall.
    The results were catastrophic. Companies which borrowed in dollars (because it was cheaper to borrow in foreign currency) suddenly found their peso-equivalent debt doubling almost overnight. Hard pressed to pay their loans, most firms cut costs, laying off millions of workers. Many went bankrupt.
    Nature of the beast
    In an interview, Tetangco said the most devastating financial crises in recent history had elements in common.
    “If you noticed, many of them have roots in the property sector,” he said. “Whether it was the East Asian financial crisis in 1997 or the US subprime mortgage crisis in 2007-2008 or Japan in the 1990s.”
    After the property sector, the contagion then moves to the financial sector, particularly the exchange rate and equities markets, as massive selling ensues to satisfy the need of foreign and local investors for capital flight.
    But what could possible threaten the Philippines now that its growth rate, in terms of gross domestic product, is the envy of its neighbors?
    “A sudden reversal of capital flows is one,” the BSP chief said, explaining that such a shift—like the tide suddenly receding from the shoreline—is what financial crises are made of. “Identifying what causes it … that’s the challenge.”
    He conceded that, in some ways, the devastation caused by crises helped strengthen the economy for future generations, as lessons were learned and safeguards were put in place to buttress the financial system.
    “Pain can be good sometimes,” he said, but rued its cost on the lives of ordinary Filipinos. “Personally, I prefer that kind of pain be avoided, as much as possible.”
    He looked over at a paper pile on his table, and picked up a graph showing differences between peak property prices in Makati in 1997 and today, and another detailing the historical performance of local stocks.
    “That’s why we always have to be vigilant.”

  • superpilipinas

    In stories like these, I like that they said the C-130 repair was done locally. If we really can make them airworthy, we should buy from countries decommissioning theirs. If we can have 20, it will be great for relief goods transport.

    Is the repaired one really still airworthy? I hope they have it inspected by a credible independent company.

  • CyberPinoy

    Just a thought, can we just make our own mock-up copy of a popular military airplane for cost effectivenes. Thats what the chinese is doing at first.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZTNULICHEB5DAZ4FAI4XU4ITKA Angel

      Marcos tried to spearhead a locally designed and made fighter jet codenamed  Cali (eagle) back in the early 80′s. They already have a prototype before EDSA overtook Marcos and the project was eventually dropped.

      • Rolly257

        Had not Marcos gripped by own greed, Philippines would have been Asia’s most powerful country militarily and economically.

        Every single move Marcos endorsed was for his own benefit. Even flowers bought to decorate Malacañang were tainted with corruptions.

  • julieboy

    If only the money were not stolen in the past years, our military would have had the best equipment money can buy.So many military men,specially Officers majority PMA grads.stole the military budget as if money was running out of style.Hopefully now we can be proud of the military,who protect the country and our people.Nakaka hiya our Armed forces compared to our asian neighbors.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

    Wow dami nang saranggola ni Pepe, di matayog na ang lipad. Ilan naman natirang piloto natin na di napipirata ng foreign airlines dahil sa kulang na kagamitan o napakaluma na at tinaguriang flying coffins o widow makers mga eroplano o helicopter ng PAF. Buti pa si Miguel Arroyko nabentahan ng pagkamahal mahal na second hand helicopter ang PNP.

  • watot

    Modernization or Junk Yard? P75 billion to train terrorist for external target, would you think its more effective and efficient???? than these 50 years old assets?

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

    Okay, but just not for tactical operation to support territorial defense. Such as F/A-18 Hornets a multi role fighter designed for dog fight and bomber or attack ground targets. Those we badly needs to intercept flying object from last year that the defense establishements can`t identify swooping fishermen in the Reed bank. Or land based mobile and fixed guided missiles to defend our forward ships and aircrafts in their missions to protect our territorial limits….

    The AFP should tap the DOST`s science expertise to reaserch and develop missile technology, guidance system and radar technology for use in our country.



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