One long-standing source of friction between regular and reserve members of the AFP has been the contentious issue of rank assignment. While the matter has been an often-side-stepped elephant-in-the-room for years, it came to the fore in late 2011, when reservists themselves raised questions in social media about the direct promotion of Congressman Emmanuel “Manny” [...]
On the 31st of October, the Philippine Navy opened a bid invitation for the supply and delivery of two units of overhauled Lycoming engines for a Norman-Britten Islander on PhilGEPS. The invitation, with an Authorized Budget for Contract (ABC) of P8M, will close on the 16th of November 2012.
Islanders are the fixed-wing workhorses of [...]
As of writing, the Pag-asa Elementary School is not yet under the administration of the Department of Education. Reportedly the DepEd is only providing technical assistance at this point, because the Municipal government of Kalayaan is still working to fulfill the following requirements:
1. Formal turnover of a one hectare plot of land for the [...]
According to the Department of Budget and Management, President Benigno S. Aquino III submitted to Congress the proposed P2.006-trillion 2013 National Budget, which proposed a 12.5% increase in the Philippine defense budget. Budgets for the top eight departments appear below. The DND is ranked third after the Departments of Education and Public Works.
Congressional action [...]
Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire Gazmin, announced the following during the 65th Anniversary of the Philippine Air Force
I am happy to let you know that thru our Defense System of Management, the upgrade and modernization program for our armed forces is presently in full swing. This limited only by the maximum amount of financial [...]
The Special Actions Weapon (SAW) 9 sub-machine gun was a joint research project between the Government Arsenal and Safariland Firearms Manufacturing Corp. Little is known about this weapon’s origins, but its alternative name — the “Efficient Reliable Assault Pistol (ERAP)” — suggests inception during the term of President Estrada.
It first appeared on the Timawa.net [...]
The most important school in the Republic of the Philippines has been established on the Kalayaan Island Group: The Palawan Elementary School.
The photo above was taken from an article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which posted the following caption for it:
PAG-ASA CLASS OF 2012 The Philippine flag flies in the breeze as [...]
The 15-year Philippine Navy development plan, published on several newspapers discussed on the Timawa.net forum here, is noteworthy in that it highlights the navy’s recognition of the need for an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) capability. The list included a requirement for “three Logistics Support/Replenishment Ship (LSS)”.
UNREP is a process by which ships take on food, [...]
The following is a record of Lockheed C-130 Hercules and L-100-20 (civilian version of the C-130) that are currently in the Philippine Air Force. Most are inactive, and are simply rotting away — exposed to the elements — at the C-130 graveyard in Mactan, Cebu. A small fraction are operational. As per Manokski’s C-130 page, [...]
The following Statement of Work for F-16 Depot Level Maintenance was taken from the following posting on FedBizOpps.com:
F-16 Depot Maintenance Services Support for PACAF Solicitation Number: FA8232-12-R-PACAF Agency: Department of the Air Force Office: Air Force Materiel Command Location: Hill AFB OO-ALC
A copy of the document itself is available here.
Depot Level Maintenance [...]