AFP Modernization projects now moving to next respective bidding phase

Acquisition of around 30 much-needed military equipment and platforms, part of revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program, is now on green light after President Benigno S. Aquino III’s approval. Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary for Finance, Modernization, Installation and Munitions Fernando Manalo noted that these projects “were held in abeyance” last May pending the approval of the President.

Undersecretary Manalo made a presentation before the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee in today’s hearing for the 2016 budget.

Military equipment and platforms in the list include missile-firing frigates, long-range patrol aircraft, surveillance radars and close-air support aircraft program. Acquisition projects will now move to their next respective bidding phase, Manalo said. Frigates and radar projects are in the later phase of bidding.

The DND, last September 2, moved the Close Air Support Aircraft acquisition project from held in abeyance to active project. Pre-bid conference is scheduled on September 16, while bid opening will be on September 30.

The DND is seeking a PhP158.8-billion budget for 2016, broken down into PhP63.5-billion for territorial defense, security and stability; PhP1.5-billion for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; PhP667-million for international engagements and peace support missions; and PhP93.1-billion for force level support and training. The latter amount is also inclusive of pensions.