DND chief says reforms had a key role in Philippines’ ‘modest’ defense integrity rating

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Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the country’s Defense System of Management played a key role in the rating given by Transparency International in its Government Defence Integrity Index 2020 Report. The Defense System of Management refers to the DND’s judicious use of resources in its acquisitions for the continued improvement of… Continue reading DND chief says reforms had a key role in Philippines’ ‘modest’ defense integrity rating

Philippines, Spain inks intel protection pact

The Department of National Defense (DND) of the Philippines and the National Intelligence Center (CNI) of Spain inked on Thursday, November 4, 2021, a “Protection of Classified Information in the Field of Defense” agreement. “Recognizing the importance of information sharing in fostering mutual understanding and closer cooperation between security partners, an agreement between the Department… Continue reading Philippines, Spain inks intel protection pact

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

5 military facilities to be constructed in Fort Magsaysay

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will construct five more military facilities in Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija. With a total worth of P75.76 million, the projects are under the DPWH – Department of National Defense (DND) Convergence Program, also known as “Tatag ng Imprastruktura Para sa Kapayapaan at Seguridad (TIKAS).… Continue reading 5 military facilities to be constructed in Fort Magsaysay

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

House approves on final reading bill institutionalizing UP-DND accord

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The House of Representatives passed the measure seeking to institutionalize the 1989 University of the Philippines-Department of National Defense (UP-DND) accord on third and final reading on Tuesday. The lower chamber, with 179 affirmative votes, passed House Bill 10171, which seeks to institutionalize the said accord into the University Charter or Republic Act 9500. Section… Continue reading House approves on final reading bill institutionalizing UP-DND accord

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

House approves on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing UP-DND Accord

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The House of Representatives approved a bill on second reading on Wednesday that institutionalizes the 1989 accord between the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) into the UP Charter. House Bill 10171, which aims to amend Section 11 of Republic Act 9500, or the University of the Philippines Charter… Continue reading House approves on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing UP-DND Accord

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