Philippine defense spending: As of 2013

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This is an update of last year’s article on defense spending (see here). The 2013 graph shows a disturbing P26.5M drop that may give the impression that the Philippines was reducing its defense commitments. This, however was there result of a shifting of responsibility for certain funds from the Department of National Defense to other […]

Congress raises DND budget by P3.6B

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President Aquino signed the P1.816 Trillion 2012 national budget on December 15. Based on details revealed in the Manila Bulletin, the DND allocation was P108.1B. This represents a P1.35B increase from the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) 2012 National Expenditure Program which originally sought P106,750,022,000. This amount is P3.6B, or 3.4%, higher than the […]

Is Congress turning back the Capability Upgrade Program (CUP) clock?

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The Capability Upgrade Program is a priority component of the Philippine Defense Reform (PDR) that sought to re-prioritize the AFP modernization program . It consists of three six-year phases designed to bring the AFP to a condition where it could be modernized, before it actually pours funds into modernization.

Phase 1: Back to basics This […]

A comparison of AFP Modernization bills in Congress

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This comparison focuses on the following bills that have been filed in the Philippine Senate.  Cong. Rodolfo Biazon’s modernization bill is not available in either the Senate or House bills databases. For this reason, his bill has been excluded from the comparison.

To discuss this comparison, see the following Timawa.net discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=29660.0

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Philippine defense spending: A historical perspective

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Related Timawa.net discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=8421.msg281544#msg281544

Based on available data on the Department of Budget and Management Website, Philippine defense spending is at an all time high. The following graph presents the DND budget from 2005 (the oldest record available at the DBM site) to 2011.

The DND allocation increased by 81% for 2011. Interestingly, this does not […]

Proposed 2012 budget for the Department of National Defense published

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The Department of Budget and Management has published the National Expenditure Program for 2012 on its Website. President Aquino presented the same to Congress on the 26th of July.

The proposed budget increased the DND budget by P2,245,101,000. One notable beneficiary of the increase is the Government Arsenal which received a 35% increase in its […]