Armed Forces Eyes P70-B Projects

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Armed Forces Eyes P70-B Projects


MANILA, Philippines - The Department of National Defense (DND) is eyeing to sign contracts for 138 Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization projects worth P70 billion by July, 2012, as it unveiled Friday a new system that will hasten acquisition of much-needed assets and equipment that will make the AFP at par with the militaries of neighboring countries. Speaking at the launching of the Defense Acquisition System (DAS) at Camp Aguinaldo, DND Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said it is the main responsibility of the department to ensure approval and signature of the contracts for all the 138 projects for the AFP modernization and capability upgrade program "not later than July 31, 2012". "The common task on hand that we have courageously assumed lies on the brink of proximate impossibility. The factor of time is our adversary. Nevertheless, I am confident that we shall prevail in the pursuit of this objective," said Gazmin, adding that success of their objective is guaranteed "by our unity of purpose and clarity of direction, and most of all by our individual dedication to fulfill our prescribed duties and function." "I therefore urge the extreme indulgence of all those who are involved to offer their best in the timely completion of the contracts for all the 138 modernization and upgrade projects for our armed forces, I repeat 138 projects," Gazmin further said, an appeal particularly address to DND and AFP officials involved in the armed forces modernization and upgrade capability program. AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa, for his part, welcomed the initiative of the defense department to look into the present concerns that affects the performance and the internal workings of the AFP, even as he expressed optimism that modernization of the military will finally be fulfilled within the year. …

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