Defense chief Lorenzana led the handover of 5 S-70i Black Hawks, 4 ScanEagle UAS

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the turn-over, acceptance, and blessing of five S-70i Black Hawks and four ScanEagle UAS at Clark Air Base, Pampanga on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The S-70i helicopter can be adapted for roles like as troop transport and air assault, command and control, border patrol, search and rescue, freight lift, and… Continue reading Defense chief Lorenzana led the handover of 5 S-70i Black Hawks, 4 ScanEagle UAS

Philippine Army receives HADR equipment from Japan

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The Philippine Army received Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) equipment donated by Japan in a Hand-Over and Blessing Ceremony at the Army Headquarters in Taguig City on October 6, 2021. The Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines, His Excellency Kazuhiko Koshikawa, the Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, and the Commanding General of the… Continue reading Philippine Army receives HADR equipment from Japan

PH, US reaffirms commitment to Mutual Defense Treaty

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Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and United States Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava reaffirmed their commitment to the Philippines-US alliance through the Mutual Defense Treaty on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. “CDA Variava emphasized that both countries enjoy deep and long-standing bonds, with the alliance at the center of the US’ relationship with the… Continue reading PH, US reaffirms commitment to Mutual Defense Treaty

Army Aviation Regiment’s new hangar facility inaugurated at Fort Magsaysay

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… Continue reading Army Aviation Regiment’s new hangar facility inaugurated at Fort Magsaysay

COVID-19 pandemic delays funding for three major DND projects

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The government ‘s move to prioritize its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic response has prompted the allocation of funds for three major military modernization projects to be postponed, according to the country’s defense chief. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in an online press briefing on Thursday, when asked if any modernization contracts would be completed before… Continue reading COVID-19 pandemic delays funding for three major DND projects

Philippines, US reaffirm commitment to strengthening defense ties

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana traveled to the United States of America to meet with key US officials. Following their bilateral meeting on July 30, 2021 in Manila, Secretary Lorenzana met with his counterpart, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, on… Continue reading Philippines, US reaffirm commitment to strengthening defense ties

TFBL Chair assures completion of halfway houses for FRs in VISCOM provinces within PRRD’s term

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Halfway houses for former rebels (FRs) in the provinces within the area of operations of the Visayas Command (VISCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will all be completed within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte. This was the assurance given by Department of National Defense Undersecretary Reynaldo B. Mapagu, Task Force Balik-Loob… Continue reading TFBL Chair assures completion of halfway houses for FRs in VISCOM provinces within PRRD’s term

Task force chief encourages continued demilitarization of FRs’ surrendered firearms

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Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary Reynaldo B. Mapagu, who heads Task Force Balik-Loob (TFBL), encouraged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to continue demilitarizing the firearms surrendered by former communist terrorist group members when they returned to the fold of the government. Demilitarization is the process of destroying firearms to make them unusable by cutting… Continue reading Task force chief encourages continued demilitarization of FRs’ surrendered firearms

DND to purchase new anti-submarine torpedoes from Korea

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The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has struck a deal to procure new anti-submarine torpedoes to LIG Nex1, a South Korean defense company that would supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with its K745 Blue Shark lightweight torpedoes. The quantity was not specified, however it was estimated to be roughly P722.3 million (US$15 million). The… Continue reading DND to purchase new anti-submarine torpedoes from Korea

Lorenzana honors men in uniform on AFP’s 85th anniversary

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have faced major challenges in the year 2020, which have strengthened the organization and its personnel in their sworn duty to preserve and protect the country’s borders, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said on the 85th founding anniversary of the AFP, which was commemorated on Monday, December 21.… Continue reading Lorenzana honors men in uniform on AFP’s 85th anniversary