Philippine Army eyes deployment of 189 tactical battalions for 2016

To ensure that the country will be protected against all forms of threats, the Philippine Army (PA) is looking at the possibility of deploying and maintaining 189 tactical battalions in 2016. A battalion is equivalent to 500 enlisted personnel and officers.

This is two battalions higher than the 187 tactical battalions activated in 2015. This does not include 81 tactical battalion as reserves.

Aside from this, the PA is also eyeing a 90 percent capability to deploy these forces within one hour, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said during the House Appropriations Committee hearing on DND’s proposed 2016 budget at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday.

The DND is seeking a PhP158.8 billion budget for next. This is 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.