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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Over P82 B poured in for upgrade of AFP; P50 B released under Noy

FA-50 Golden EagleThe government has released more than P82 billion to upgrade the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) since 1996. However, it is still considered one of the weakest in the region, a condition that has been blamed on limited resources, changing priorities of administrations and stalled implementation of the modernization program.

Data obtained by The STAR showed that a total of P82.48 billion has been disbursed to the program, which started when Republic Act No. 7898 took effect in 1995.

The law gave the AFP the opportunity to modernize in 15 years with a budget of P331.62 billion, of which only P63.39 billion was actually released.

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