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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

AFP to get P20B for modernization program


QUEZON CITY, Aug 21 (PIA) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will get over P20 billion for its modernization program. 

In a release, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Executive Vice President Aileen Zosa confirmed the funding for the AFP Modernization Program. 

“This project arose out of the disposition of the 34.5-hectare Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) area. The JUSMAG area will generate for the Armed Forces of the Philippines more than P20 billion over the years,” said Zosa during the recent turnover ceremony of the 64 condominium units at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. 

According to the BCDA, the housing project is part of the BCDA’s JUSMAG replication program, a P700-million project that aims to provide the AFP with 12 residential condominium buildings. 

Of the10 buildings being constructed in Fort Bonifacio, nine buildings are reserved for the Philippine Army and one building for the Philippine Navy. The two other buildings are located within the retention area of the Philippine Air Force in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City. 

Likewise, BCDA president and chief executive officer Atty. Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said the housing project is their modest contribution to honor and to strengthen the dignity of the soldiers and their families. 

“While our nation’s heroes are protecting our countrymen, their families can enjoy the comfort of having their own condominium units in prime government property,” added Cassanova. 

Meanwhile, AFP chief General Jessie D. Dellosa expressed his appreciation for the continuous assistance and contribution of the BCDA to uplift the morale and welfare of the soldiers. 

“The BCDA does not only help the armed forces expedite the implementation of its modernization and capability upgrade program, but also recognizes the sacrifices made by our soldiers through significant projects that help military dependents live a better quality of life,” said Dellosa. 

In return, he assured that the men and women of the AFP will be more enthused to perform its mandate of protecting the people and the state, more efficiently and effectively. 

Likewise, Philippine Army Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista expressed his gratitude to BCDA for its tireless efforts to uplift the soldiers’ morale and welfare. 

“We express our appreciation to our ever-supportive partner in the replication of our old camp facilities,” Bautista added. (AFP-PAO/RJB/JEG-PIA-NCR) 

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