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As part of its effort to feel the pulse of the people and to keep abreast with current technology trends, theArmed Forces of the Philippines Civil-Military Operations School (AFP-CMOS) recently conducted the first-ever Social Media Management Training at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
Information Officers from various AFP units from all over the Philippines comprised Class 01-14 during the seminar held on Jan. 28 to Feb. 5, 2014. The AFP-CMOS partnered with DWDD 1134 kHz Katropa Radiofor the initiative.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines Civil-Military Operations School Social Media Management Training Class 01-14 with CRS AFP CG BGen Rolando G. Jungco (middle). (Photo: AFP CMOS)
BGen. Rolando G. Jungco, Commanding General of the Civil Relations Service-AFP, told graduates of the course: “The training will help us improve our social media management system for the betterment of ourselves and our services toward a greater AFP. I challenge our graduates to make use of what they have learned to inspire others through social media.”
Maj. Jo-Ar Herrera, AFP-CMOS Commandant, said: “The 5-day and 15-day practical application training was aimed at developing the skills of our Information Officers from AFP units on social media management and to help them realize the importance of social media in our organization.”
Mr. Marlon Magtira, Social Media Course Director, said: “We were privileged to have a distinguished set of volunteer speakers who helped the participants in increasing their knowledge and enhancing their skills in managing their organization’s social media initiatives.”
Among those who shared their knowledge and expertise were Ms. Janettte Toral of DigitalFilipino.com, Mr. Melvin Calimag of Newsbytes Philippines, Mr. Jing Garcia of InterAksyon.com – TV5’s online news portal, Mr. Pocholo Gonzales of CreatiVoices and Voice of the Youth Radio, Mr. Rafael Pedrajita, Mr. Ian Bacungan, and Mr. Ron Villagonzalo of Philippine Bloggers Network.
The seminar drew 31 participants from the AFP, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Department of Transportation and Communicaton (DOTC), andPhilippine Veterans Affairs Office, (PVAO). It provided hands-on training, as well as best-practices and methodologies, on integrating social media in websites.
“The knowledge we have gained in the art of connection through social media will prepare us to share to whole world what our organizations have to offer,” said training participant Mr. Jonathan Maliwat of the DOTC Office of Transport Security.
“This training provided us extensive insights on how to optimize our online presence through social media,” said PSupt Celso Bael of the PNP Police Community Relations Group Operations Management Division.
About the AFP CMO School
The mission of the school is to train and educate soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, law enforcers and other government people in the concepts of Civil-Military Operations and other related doctrines such as Informations Operations, Strategic Communications, Conflict Management, Negotiation, etc. The approach of the school is grounded on inter-agency collaboration and shared education focusing on continuous engagement and curriculum upgrade. Ultimately, the school positions itself as the best PsyOps school in Asia and a world class institution equip with state of the art gadgets.
AFP CMOS continues to magnify its reach as it persistently renders Mobile Team Training Support to the Philippine Navy Civil-Military Operations Group (CMOG), Unified Commands including SOLCOM, NOLCOM, and WESCOM, various divisions and CMO battalions, Police Community Relations Group (PCRG) and Special Action Force (SAF) of the PNP.
The new Philippine Army chief is “Superman.
MANILA, Philippines – The new Philippine Army chief is “Superman.”
This was President Benigno Aquino’s words on newly installed Army chief Major General Hernando Iriberri during the change of command ceremony at Fort Bonifacio on Friday.
“I heard he is called in the AFP as code ‘Superman.’ He always leads in physical activities. As a new leader [of the Army], I hope he will showcase exceptional strength, discipline and dedication to transform the Philippine Army,” Aquino said in his speech.
Iriberri is a member of Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983. He was previously the commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division which holds jurisdiction of Central Luzon.
He also led the Army’s 503rd Brigade based in Abra, which Aquino also cited.
“Last year, as commander of the 503rd Brigade, his unit was instrumental in achieving the most peaceful elections in Abra. Because of his effective leadership, there was 83 percent voters turn out– the biggest in the record of Cordillera Administrative Region last year,” Aquino said.
But Iriberri is more known for his links with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin as he served as his aide or senior military assistant in the recent past. He also served as spokesperson of Gazmin when he was the Army chief in 2000.
Iriberri will lead an 85,000- strong Philippine Army, including the Army officers more senior than him. The Army area commanders, for instance, are Lieutenant Generals.
He was the most junior of the three officers in the shortlist for the Army leadership. He is scheduled to retire on April 22, 2016.
“There is no greater burden which I gladly accept on my shoulders,” Iriberri said in his assumption speech.
He thanked his previous bosses for having “the good fortune of serving under the command of some of the finest military commanders and strategists of our time,” including his closest rival for the Army chief post, Lieutenant General Gregorio Catapang of the Northern Luzon Command, a member of PMA Class 1981.
He also thanked Gazmin, whom he holds “the highest esteem.”
“For with them and through my own steam I steadily rose in rank and position,” he said.
A few moments after his assumption, he was supposed to command the Sergeant Major to raise his personal flag after outgoing Army chief Lieutenant General Noel Coballes’ flag was brought down.
“Sergeant Major, lower my flag,” Iriberri said instead before the audience.
Realizing his mistake after a few seconds, he corrected himself, “Raise the flag.”
The audience broke into laughter, including the VIP guests. The soldier then followed Iriberri’s orders: “Yes sir!”
Among the important guests were Aquino, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Gazmin and AFP chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista.
As new Army chief, Iriberri vowed to continue the programs of his predecessors. He promised to pursue the Army capability upgrade, which envisions a well-equipped Army with respectable image in Southeast Asia.
He also vowed to address personnel needs, equipment deficiencies and organizational improvements.
Iriberri also said he would look into upgrading the “competency levels” of the Army troops by upgrading and modernizing all training systems, facilities and institutions.
“With me at the helm, we will continue to make the Army trooper the pleasant face of the professional soldier our country deserves and the saving hand for anyone trapped or taken away by disaster,” he said.
Source – http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/575240/new-ph-army-chief-is-superman
P41.2-B Military upgrade completed in Noy’s 3 years
MANILA, Philippines – A total of P41.2 billion worth of military upgrade projects have been completed and awarded during the first three years of the Aquino administration, data from the Department of National Defense (DND) showed.
The amount represents 36 projects that were spread out to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) General Headquarters, the Government Arsenal and the three major services namely the Army, the Air Force and the Navy.
Twelve of the projects went to the Army while four others benefited the Air Force. The Navy got 16 projects including the frigates BRP Gregorio del Pilar and BRP Ramon Alcaraz.
Two projects each went to the Armed Forces General Headquarters and the Government Arsenal.
“We are steadily addressing our Armed Forces’ capability upgrade. Our Bids and Awards Committees at the DND (Department of National Defense) are doing their best to fast-track our acquisitions while fully adhering to the established rules and procedures set by law,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said in a statement.
The completed Army projects totaled P2.8-billion, including the acquisition of 190 units of 1 ¼ ton truck troop carriers worth P494 million, 60 units of field ambulance units worth P3007 million, and 250 units of 2 ½ ton troop carriers worth P837.65 million.
Another P5.5 billion worth of projects have been awarded and are awaiting delivery within this year and 2015 including armored vehicles, assault rifles and prime movers or trucks used to transport armed vehicles.
Four Air Force projects worth P3.7 billion have been completed including the purchase of 18 units of basic trainer aircraft worth P621.67 million and eight combat utility helicopters worth P2.86 billion that are now under the 505th Search and Rescue Group.
Air Force projects that are in the pipeline are the acquisition of light-lift aircraft and attack helicopters due for delivery within the next two years and 21 units of UH-1 helicopters, which may arrive in the country within the first half.
A total of 16 Navy projects worth P5.3 billion have been completed including the acquisition of warships BRP Alcaraz and BRP del Pilar and three naval helicopters worth P1.34-billion.
The Navy is expecting the delivery of P6.4 billion worth of equipment including the strategic sealift vessels, additional naval helicopters and amphibious vehicles.
Two Armed Forces General Headquarters projects worth P445 million were completed during the first half of the Aquino presidency namely the upgrade of the AFP Medical Center operating rooms and the acquisition of a fixed communication system.
The Government Arsenal projects that have been completed in the last three years were the acquisition of raw and input materials for its bullet assembly machine. The agency is awaiting the delivery of the equipment for the manufacture of ammunition.
“The AFP modernization projects for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, including the upgrades for the Government Arsenal, have been expedited during the first half of the Aquino administration,” said Arsenio Andolong, acting public affairs chief of the Defense department.
In 1995, Congress passed the Armed Forces Modernization Act, which provided the military the chance to modernize in 15 years with a total budget of P331 billion.
The program was hampered by the lack of funds and the changing priorities of the national leadership.
As a result, the Philippine military has become one of the most poorly-equipped in the region.
In 2012, President Aquino signed a new modernization law that seeks to allot more resources to the military’s upgrade efforts. More than P85-billion is needed to fund the program in the next four years.
Philippine Army holds anti-corruption symposium
MANILA, Jan. 30 (PNA) — In line with its efforts to strengthen the ethical and moral fiber as well as the strong sense of public accountability of the organization and its personnel, the Philippine Army held a symposium on the PA-Integrity Development Action Program (PA-IDAP) and the proposed PA SAL-N System (PASS) last Wednesday.
This took place at the PA Officers Club House in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Attended by Assistant Division Commanders, Deputy Brigade Commanders, Deputy Commanders, Executive Officers, Sergeant Majors, and Ethical Standards and Public Accountability focal persons of the Philippine Army Major Units and Post Units, the symposium aims to introduce and disseminate the Integrity Action Program of the Philippine Army and the proposed PA SAL-N System to all Army units nationwide.
“We are conducting this symposium to remind us to put primacy in our individual collective integrity at all times. Keep in mind that public opinion and most importantly, public trust are vital components in our chosen profession,” PA vice commander Major Gen. Romulo M. Cabantac, Jr., said.
Former Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel was invited to speak about public service and the standard moral and ethical values that every public servant must possess.
“Every public servant is unique… And so, kung magkakamali ka, don’t pass the blame to anyone because you are created as a unique individual with your own conscience, with your own freedom, with your own discretion and intelligence. Meron tayong konsensya, and over and above our conscience, the free will to do what is right, yung free will na iyon ay di dapat gamitin to do what is wrong,” Pimentel said.
Pimentel is one of the key supporters of the PA’s advocacy on leadership and good governance.
This endeavor is also indicative of the Army’s commitment against graft and corruption, wherein the Command continues to institutionalize reforms to address graft and corruption issues within the organization. (PNA)
Philippine-Military to hunt hardline rebels after capturing camps
AWANG , Philippines — Philippine-Military officials on Sunday vowed to hunt down remaining splinter groups of hardline Muslim rebels after capturing their main camps in a week-long offensive.
The threat posed by members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has diminished due to the offensive that began Monday in remote parts of the troubled southern island of Mindanao, said national military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala.
“They have split into smaller groups and further operations must be done to follow up,” he told reporters.
These operations will be “smaller in scale,” he said, adding that they would also be held in coordination with the main Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The operation against the BIFF was launched two days after the government and the MILF successfully concluded peace talks aimed at ending decades of fighting that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
The BIFF broke away from the MILF due to their opposition to the talks and has previously launched attacks to derail the peace process.
At a military camp in the town of Awang, the armed forces displayed items they recovered from the BIFF camps including bomb-making materials and pictures showing young boys being trained as soldiers for the militant group.
This supported military accusations that the BIFF were using child soldiers and that three such youths were among the 53 insurgent fighters killed in the violence.
One soldier was also slain in the fighting which included military artillery strikes of BIFF camps.
A BIFF spokesman had previously denied that the group was using children and said the military were manufacturing the evidence.
Among the other items captured in the camp were camouflage uniforms with MILF labels.
However MILF vice-chairman for political affairs Ghazali Jaafar denied there was still a link between the two groups.
“Those are not MILF uniforms. Anybody can make those uniforms,” he told AFP.
Zagala also said there were no signs that the MILF was cooperating with the BIFF.
President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday had previously vowed to crush “spoiler” rebels who were opposed to the peace deal.
Philippine Navy modernization given focus during President Aquino’s term
By Priam F. Nepomuceno,
MANILA, Feb. 1 (PNA) — With the Philippine coastline placed at 36,289 kilometers (equivalent to 22,549 miles), it is only fitting that focus be given on the Philippine Navy’s modernization.
Giving the necessary funds to the Navy to acquire modern and well-armed ships, helicopters and other aircraft will allow the PN to develop its capability to protect and monitor the country’s territorial waters against intruders.
As of this writing, the Navy has been allocated P5.3 billion by the Aquino administration for its upgrade.
It has used the money in acquiring two Hamilton-class cutters, the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) in 2011 and the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) in 2013 and the three AgustaWestland AW-109 “Power” helicopters, also last year.
From 2014 up to 2016, the PN is expecting the delivery of P6.4 billion worth of equipment, including the acquisition of two strategic sea-lift vessels, two armed versions of the AW-109s helicopters, and around 12 to 20 amphibious vehicles for the Philippine Marine Corps.
Navy spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic earlier said that they are very excited with the way things are going for the PN modernization.
With these equipment, he stressed that the Navy’s maritime domain awareness capability has been greatly improved.
Another development being eagerly awaited by the PN is the ongoing bidding at the Department of National Defense for its two brand-new frigates whose contract price is placed at P18 billion.
The shape, size and capabilities of these ships will be determined once the workshop for qualified proponents starts this February.
This was revealed by DND Undersecretary Fernando Manalo.
“The workshop will allow the proponents to present their proposed specifications. The data/information that will be generated during the workshops will be used by the Navy in formulating the final TOR (terms of reference),” DND Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said.
Each proponent has a working week (around five days) to present its design to the PN technical working group and its private consultants.
As of this posting, only four shipbuilders have successfully passed the first stage of the bidding for the P18-billion frigate project.
These are Navantia Sepi (RTR Ventures) of Spain and South Korean firms STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd., and Hyundai Heavy Industries Inc.
The second phase involves the inspection of company eligibility documents.
Three other shipbuilding firms joined the bidding but the DND declared their documents to be deficient.
These companies, identified as Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. of India, STX France SA and Thyssenkrupp Marine System, have filed a motion for reconsideration at the DND. (PNA)