The Philippine Army’s Aviation Regiment on Saturday, September 25, 2021, inaugurated its newest hangar facility at Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who was represented by Northern Luzon Commander Lt. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo B. Burgos, Jr., along with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar and Regiment Commander Andre B. Santos, inaugurated the project by the Department of National Defense (DND), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under the so-called Tatag ng Imprastruktura para sa Kapayapaan at Seguridad (TIKAS).
The TIKAS program was established for the mutual benefit of the two agencies, with the DND mounting projects with the DPWH and soldiers safeguarding infrastructure projects in combat zones.
According to Santos, the new Army Aviation hangar will house the Philippine Army’s new air assets.
He stated that this will improve the command’s ability to preserve its equipment and assets, as well as enable the regiment to execute aircraft maintenance activities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Aside from the Army Aviation hangar, a P39.2-million two-story administration building for the Light Reaction Regiment was also inaugurated.
Villar claimed that the completion of the military facilities is expected to boost military defense operations.
“This defense standard military hangar is capable of accommodating government aircraft for storage, maintenance, and rapid deployment when needed,” said Villar.
Meanwhile, Villar stated that the completion of the new Light Reaction Regiment administration building will improve the working conditions of administrative and support workers.
The national government will continue to promote the construction of modern military structures in the country through the DPWH.
“This year, our agency will also construct another hangar and the new headquarters building of the Army Aviation Regiment. Under the agency’s proposed FY 2022 National Expenditure Program, a total of 14 projects under the TIKAS program have been proposed with a total project cost of PHP210-million and I hope it will be approved by Congress,” he added.
Armed Forces of the Philippines Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, J4., Maj. General Rene S. Diaz, who represented AFP chief, Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr.; 7th Infantry Division Acting Commander, Brig. Gen. Luis Rex D. Bergante; and Regiment Commander of Light Reaction Regiment, Brig. Gen. Monico E. Abang were also present during the event.