Fort Bonifacio opens its new Commissary
FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The Philippine Army inaugurated here its newly-constructed Fort Bonifacio Commissary & Exchange Store (FB C&X) on Monday, February 24 with Lieutenant General Virgillo O Domingo, the Deputy Chief of Staff, AFP as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.
Lt Gen Domingo was warmly welcomed by the Army Chief, Major General Hernando DCA Iriberri, who is also a special guest during the inauguration.
In his speech, Lt Gen Domingo said that the AFP recognizes the importance of maintaining a high state of morale and welfare of the soldiers and their families as an essential factor in the accomplishment of its goals.
“This is why the AFP leadership remains committed in its aim to meet the needs of the AFP personnel in the most convenient means possible. Likewise, it is also desired that their dependents be also provided with the same benefits in return for the service they selflessly rendered throughout the years,” said Lt Gen Domingo.
The C&X stores provide most of the basic commodities the soldiers and their families need in a day to day basis. It is the cheapest of its kind, compared to those sold in other regular grocery stores and supermarkets outside military camps, because the items are VAT-exempt.
With a floor area of 1,578 square meters, the new concessionaire can accommodate wide range of products which is neatly organized in shelves. The large area is also air-conditioned, which makes it more convenient for the shoppers who are mostly soldiers, military dependents, and civilian employees. Previously, the commissary occupies a very limited space, which was originally intended to be the Enlisted Personnel Mess Hall.
Aside from its well-organized interior features, the new commissary has a Drug Store to cater to the basic medical needs of its primary customers.
The plan was conceptualized by the Office of the Army Chief Engineers (OACE), but was funded by the AFP Commissary Exchange Store. It costs P15 million. The construction, which was carried out by a private contractor, the ACS Development and Property Managers, Inc., started on September 24, 2013.
For the past several years, the government has continued its unending support to all Commissary and Exchange stores nationwide by providing millions worth of tax credit certificate which eventually garnered millions worth of profit that sustain its operations.