AFP safeguards modernization program vs corruption

September 10, 2018

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana administered the oath-taking ceremony for 400 soldiers who are involved in the planning, bidding, and procurement transactions on the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (AFPMP) during Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at the General Headquarters here.


The officers and enlisted personnel are members of different Defense Acquisition System Assessment Teams, Technical Working Groups, Project Monitoring Teams, Bids and Awards Committees, Procurement Units, Joint Personal Staffs, and other AFP Units and Offices.


The Modernization Program’s Horizon Two worth P300-billion was approved in June 2018 by President Rodrigo Duterte for implementation until 2022.


These includes projects aimed at upgrading the  fire power, weapon systems, and combat vehicles for the Philippine Army; acquisition of combat engineer equipment, air defense surveillance system, unmanned aerial system, and attack helicopters for Philippine Air Force; and purchase of amphibious assault vehicles and base support and logistics for the Philippine Navy.


“I will act with honesty and propriety, with a clear conscience, to ensure that project outcomes are relevant and responsive to our capability needs,” the oath reads.


It also binds soldiers to forsake personal interests and “act with due care, thoroughness, and diligence” to ensure that all transactions and deliverables are for the benefit the organization.


This is in line with AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr’s order to expedite the implementation of the AFPMP, with strict and specific instructions to ensure clean, transparent, and honest transactions.


“The President is pushing us to make our modernization move forward. We need to choose people who can deliver results for our modernization,” General Galvez said in his first flag-raising ceremony on April 23.


“We need the cooperation of everyone--Officers, Enlisted Personnel, and Civilian Employees--in translating the intent of the AFP into tangible realities,” General Galvez added.


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