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Davao City -- The Philippine Army will be getting new trucks and force protection equipment for its troops this coming year up to next year as part of its capability upgrade program.
According to Philippine Army Vice-Commander Major General Romulo Supapo the Army has purchased 137 units of 1-½ ton trucks from South Korea which will be received by Army units this year and by the following year it will be distributing new 2 ½ ton 6x6 trucks to other Army units across the country.
The army has purchased 250 of these South-Korean made trucks which will replace the old M-35 trucks from the United States.
Supapo the chairman of the Weapon Systems Board also said that among the purchases will be new armored vehicles for the army. But aside from trucks and armored vehicles the Army is also buying engineering equipment in line with its CMO (civil-military operations) thrust.
"Not just weapons but we will have construction equipment like bulldozers and graders," Supapo said.
Also Supapo announced that the Army has spent P100-million for the purchase of body armor for Army soldiers. These according to Supapo will be essential force protection equipment.
The Army vice-commander was in Davao City last Friday (Oct.15) to award financial assistance checks to wounded Army troopers.
He said that with current improvements in the Philippine Army they had raised the levels of operational readiness particularly in their armaments, mobility and communications.
Supapo said that despite the end of the 15-year Armed Forces modernization program this year. President Benigno Aquino III has assured them of his support in continuing the program which has been termed now as Capability Upgrade Program. It will be enjoying a funding of P5-billion per year.(PIA)