Discount, Privileges Await AFP Soldiers/ Dependents At BGC Commercial Outlets

FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – Members of the Philippine Army and other Armed Forces of the Philippines’ major services should grab the opportunities to avail promo, discounts, privileges and other similar offerings on purchases made and services availed from 23 participating merchants under Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Fort Bonifacio Development Center (FBDC), and Station Square East Commercial Corporation (Market Market), Ayala Malls and Serendra.
According to Colonel Thomas R Sedano Jr, Group Commander of the Army’s Civil-Military Operations Group, the “Sundalo ko, Bayani ko” Project is a joint corporate social responsibility of above cited organizations which have partnered with the Philippine Army in pursing the value of Filipino patriotism.
Aside from AFP personnel, retired military personnel, veterans, and dependents could also avail of these economic benefits. Beneficiaries of the project shall only present a valid AFP identification card to avail of the benefits. However, privileges cannot be used in conjunction with any discount cards, like senior citizen cards.
The soldiers and their dependents can make their purchases on participating establishments with displayed logo stickers at the store doors.
The project was started two years ago by the BCDA and its development partners and locators in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) with the aim of honoring and recognizing the heroic deeds of the country’s defenders by making available economic benefits such as “Sundalo ko, Bayani ko” project within BGC.
BGC is located at Fort Bonifacio, home of the Philippine Army, and other AFP units as mandated by R.A.7272. BCDA has successfully transformed the area into a booming urban district in partnership with FBDC- composed of Ayala Land Inc. and Campos Group consortium.
Colonel Sedano further said the project will develop a sense of belongingness among military personnel and enable them to feel part of the success of the transformation of their former military camp into productive economic districts.
Interested military personnel and dependents can visit the official website of the BCDA (www.bcda.gov.ph) for complete list of participating merchants.
The promo offers end on March 31, 2017.
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Deadline for the Submission of Entries for Philippine Army Photo Contest has been Extended

FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – In its effort to showcase and document the Philippine Army’s transformation and to propagate its role in support to nation building, the Philippine Army is launching a photo contest with the theme, “The Faces of Transformation”. Read more

AFP, PNP personnel to get additional allowance

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The Senate approved Wednesday a joint resolution increasing the subsistence allowance of all officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) from P90 to P150 per day or a new increase of P60 daily.
Senate President Franklin Drilon said the increase also covers the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Multiplying P60 with the 150,000 AFP and the 120,000 PNP in one year (or 365 days) alone, the government would have to appropriate a total of P5.9 billion.
The Senate joint resolution (No. 2) authored by Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV stated that, in so far as the AFP is concerned, the AFP and the Department of National Defense (DND) shall promulgate and issue the rules and regulations necessary to implement the move.
A member of the staff of Trillanes said that the Senate awaits the passage by the House of Representatives of a complementary resolution which, when approved, has the force and effect of a law.

AFP to Distribute Modern Assault Rifles to Army, Marines

Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City- To officially mark the start of modernizing the fire power capability of the military’s ground forces, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will conduct a ceremonial distribution of newly acquired Assault Rifles on Tuesday, August 12 at the AFP General Headquarters canopy area.

The President and AFP Commander-in-Chief Benigno Aquino III together with Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire T. Gazmin and AFP Chief of Staff, General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr. are expected to attend the ceremony.

The AFP will distribute a total of 27,300 units of 5.56mm M4 rifles to the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps. These rifles were delivered in two batches last July 5 with 100 units and July 31 with 27,200 units. The remaining 23,329 units are expected to be delivered in December, this year.

The delivery of these newly acquired firearms is part of the Joint Philippine Army – Philippine Marine Corps Assault Rifle Acquisition Project by the government. Under this project, the AFP will receive a total of 50,629 units of M4 rifles with 44,186 to be given to the Army and 6,443 for the Navy.

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The contract price was estimated at P1.9 billion which was sourced from the AFP Capability Upgrade Program (CUP) 2012. United States-based Remington Outdoor Company won the public bidding in October 2013.

The approved budget for the contract was about P3.3 billion thus generating a total savings for the government estimated at P1.2 billion. This savings will be used for the procurement of additional rifles, thereby increasing the readiness rating of the Army and the Marines and at the same time, increasing the level of confidence, morale and pride of every soldier especially those serving in the field.

The 5.56mm M4 rifle was prioritized to supplement and replace the early models of M-16 and M-16A1 rifle, majority of which were as old as the Vietnam War era and are already in poor condition and need refurbishing or replacement.

The AFP’s procurement of these brand new assault rifles is part of the thrust to modernize our armed forces, and start it with the individual foot soldier in the field.

One of the major goals of the AFP Modernization Program is the improvement of the mission-essential capability requirements of the AFP in terms of firepower for the ground troops. With this recent acquisition, the AFP is optimistic that it will significantly contribute to the development and transformation of the AFP into a multi-mission-oriented force, capable of effectively addressing both internal and external threats.

Soldiers Pledge Commitment to IHL


Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City- The soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) pledged their commitment towards the promotion of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) today, in a flag raising ceremony at General Headquarters (GHQ) canopy area.

The recitation of the AFP soldier’s pledge of commitment reaffirms the obligation and adherence of the AFP to International Humanitarian Law. This activity is in line with the celebration of the IHL month which was simultaneously replicated by military headquarters and field units nationwide.

Secretary of National defense Voltaire T. Gazmin and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang were today’s guests of honor.

“We should execute our duties and responsibilities to protect our citizens caught in the midst of armed conflicts in the country, and guarantee total respect for their human rights as prescribed by IHL,” Secretary Gazmin said.
Gen. Catapang on the other hand said “Peace can only be truly just and lasting if it is based on respect for life, human rights, and dignity.” He also stressed that the AFP is committed to ensure that its operations and procedures are anchored on the imperative to protect the populace, especially those who are not parties to the conflict.

With the theme, “Empowering the Vulnerable in times of Armed Conflict,” the celebration enjoins all partner agencies including DND, AFP, Philippine Red Cross, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process and Commission on Human Rights to celebrate the month through simple and appropriate activities.

Tomorrow, there will be a photo exhibit at the Department of National Defense (DND) building lobby. The photo static display selections will come from the inventory of International Committee of the Red Cross and the Civil Relation Service of the AFP.

On August 16, a Fun Run will be conducted at the GHQ with the participation of all the partner agencies. Also on the same day, there will be a Fun Bike that will commence at the Fort Bonifacio Global City and will end at the GHQ grandstand.

The Philippine Red Cross, in coordination with the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hospital will hold a bloodletting activity at the GHQ grandstand on August 16.

On August 31, the Philippine Red Cross Quezon City Chapter will organize around 30,000 NCR-based students and AFP members for the Human IHL Formation at the GHQ parade grounds which is aimed at setting a new Guinness world record.

This year’s national celebration of the IHL is hosted by the DND, in commemoration of the August 12, 1949 signing of the four Geneva Conventions.

Sokol Chopper Crashes in Marawi City

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CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – One of two Philippine Air Force choppers suddenly crashed upon its take-off at the Army’s 103rd Brigade Headquarters based in Camp Ranao in Marawi City, today.

The Sokol chopper crashed about 2:23 PM today due to loss of control when heavy winds struck the aircraft.

The chopper was supposed to serve as backup for Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire T. Gazmin who was aboard the other aircraft.

The other chopper carrying Secretary Gazmin has safely arrived in its destination at Langundingan Airport about 3:13 PM.

As a result of the crash, one crew from the chopper was wounded in action while one other civilian was injured.

The AFP Chief of Staff, General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr. has already directed the Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey F. Delgado to determine the cause of the accident.

AFPMBAI Photo Contest

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Aimed to tap the creative sides of our men and women in uniform, the Armed Forces & Police Mutual benefit Association, Inc (AFMBAI’s 49th Anniversary Photo Contest
The contest is for all regular member of the association who shall submit a photo relative to the AFPMBAI anniversary Theme “AFPMBAI: Tumutulong, Tumutugon, Matatag sa lahat ng Panahon.” Prizes at stake are: P10,000.00 for the first prize; P7,000.00 for the second prize; and P5,000.00 for the third prize. Consolation prizes of P1,000.00 each will be given to seven (7) winners.
We would like to encourage the men and women in uniform to join in this contest. Deadline of submission of entries is August 15 2014.

Operation Bayanihan

The Philippine Army delivered 600 Bags of Reliefs Goods to Concepcion Integrated School and Concepcion Elementary School Marikina in Coordination with DSWD.

OPERATION BAYANIHAN

DONATION
In Support of the Philippine Army’s commitment and response to the victims of flooding caused by “Typhoon MARING” relief goods and other donations in any form are now accepted and may be brought at the Civil-Military Operations Group Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila
For further inquiries, Please Call or Text:
MAJOR ENRICO GIL ILETO with mobile number: 09175874421
CAPTAIN JULIUS APOLINAR FERIA with mobile number: 09176217935

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