25 Juli 2009
Kia 450 of the Philippines Army (photo Timawa)
The internal security operations of the Philippine Army in Negros received yesterday 17 brand-new troop carrier vehicles worth P35.4 million that were bought from South Korea.
Maj. Nathaniel Villasor, 303rd Infantry Brigade Civil Military Operations chief, yesterday said the purchase of the military vehicles form part of the Capability Upgrade Program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Each of the five infantry Army battalions assigned in Negros will get three military vehicles, while two were given to the 302nd and 303rd Infantry Brigades, military records show.
Kia 450 is designed for use in small unit operations (photo : Timawa)
Villasor said the Korean-made all-terrain military vehicles, are designed for use in small unit operations.
The 17 military vehicles, which came from the Philippine Army headquarters in Metro Manila, arrived yesterday at the BREDCO Port in Bacolod City, and were distributed to the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion, 11th Infantry Battalion, 61st IB, 62nd IB, 79th IB, 302nd and 303rd Infantry Brigades.
The upgrading of mission-essential equipment for the military aims to bolster the government’s capability to address internal security threats, including the insurgency.
The two Army infantry brigades have been ordered to reduce the New People’s Army in Negros into an insignificant level in 2010.*GPB