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AFP saves money for govt

The leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said yesterday that the military can effectively contribute to the austerity measures of the government with the immediate implementation of the much-delayed modernization program for the AFP.

Lt. Col. Daniel Lucero, AFP Public Information Office (PIO) chief, said that the earlier the AFP modernization is implemented, the sooner the country can attain peace and protect the Filipino people from various threats, both internal and external.

The delay in the implementation of the AFP modernization program may mean a delay in this aspiration to attain a stable peace, Lucero said.

He said the outmoded military hardware being used by AFP elements against rebel groups can be considered less effective than the modern weaponry being considered by the military organization for acquisition.

Other military sources said that some groups even have better firepower than the AFP troopers in the combat front since they have better funding.

The more the AFP defense capability is modernized, the more efficient will the military establishment be in pursuing an environment conductive for other government agencies to effectively pursue its goal to deliver services to the people, the AFP-PIO chief added.

On the austerity measures of the government, the AFP has started reducing its expenses when the AFP General Headquarters posted savings of R494,000 in telephone bills from January to July this year.

The AFP is expected to cut telephone costs by at least R5 million this year

It was made possible by the AFP leadership when they reduced the number of trunk lines, reduced a number of single lines, and removed some national direct dialing and international direct dialing services in some of existing telephones.

The AFP relies now more on E-mail, radio, and on existing telephone lines for its communication requirements, Lucero added.

Crime prevention in meet

In line with the National Crime Prevention Week, the De La Salle-Health Sciences Campus (DLS-HSC) in Dasmarinas, Cavite will host a Symposium on Crime Prevention tomorrow, September 3, at the Villarosa Hall of the Angelo King Medical Research Center, in collaboration with the Philippine National Police, National Police Commission, and other concerned agencies. …

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