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    I wonder how is the training cycle of PN sailors with regards to crew rotation, especially PF-15 (it's been 4 years). From Red Justice posts from the old forum, there seems to be a lot of "homesteading" among ship's personnel. Also, I have not seen any press releases from NETC or type commands the establishment of inspection teams/ group that go around the force to inspect compliance with different programs (engineering, DC, safety, preventive maintenance, budget etc.). With newer assets and platforms (air component) coming in the horizon, culture has to change and adjust to ensure readiness. There should be ownership and accountability.   

General Discussion / Re: Where it makes sense to go Russian
« on: November 30, 2016, 12:42:01 AM » still requires sustainable funding and proper management to operate whatever fancy toys the Russians will offer. Nothing to be excited about. 

General Discussion / Re: A tale of two SAWs
« on: November 30, 2016, 12:34:43 AM »
....would Gen Martir be privy on disclosing if the very institutions GA is supporting (PA, PMC, PAF, PNP) are up to date on payments with regards to services rendered and ammunition supplied? Not familiar about the arrangements made with regards to the business side when no bidding is required. One gov't entity to another.

Food Security / Re: China offers to boost PHL food production
« on: November 14, 2016, 11:51:19 PM »
Top Chinese fisheries official meets with Zambales fishermen | GMA news - November 13, 2016
Beijing Fisheries Assistant Director Liu Sin Chong said he visited the country, specifically Zambales, on orders of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The visit came weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte's official visit to China as his administration moves to have closer ties with the Asian giant amid its territorial disputes with the Philippines.

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Chinese authorities also said they are open to providing additional knowledge to Filipino fishermen in terms of agriculture, aquaculture, fish cages, and other alternative livelihoods.

To achieve this, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Director Willie Cruz has been tasked to coordinate and send technicians to China for workshops.

"China will support the Philippines in developing aqua-culture, fishery products processing so as to help deliver a better life for the fishermen of the Philippines," Liu said.
...what's going on here? Since the 80s, SEAFDEC (funded by JICA mostly) at Tigbauan, Iloilo have been in the forefront of aquaculture and hatchery technology from bangus to prawns? Sometimes, I truly believe "stupidity have to be painful."

First posts / Re: Taps for Firenzi @ Timawa
« on: November 14, 2016, 11:38:16 PM »
  Thoughts and prayers, Capt. Firenzi. Fair winds and following seas.

Keep them working / Re: This must never happen again
« on: October 26, 2016, 10:23:15 PM »
^ Baseline would mean either as percentage availability of the total aircraft on a squadron -- example -- 70-80%; (or in ships) in number of days available per year -- example -- 270 days.  Those are just examples for western armed forces.  I'm not talking about our PAF or Navy.

  The baseline equates to a lot of things, mission capabilities and how it reached to that point (any unit). This measures the quality of the people behind to make things happen (from supply to end-users), training etc. Careers are either made or broken depending on the end-result. I don't even belong to a frontline unit, but every mission counts, since it involves multiple agencies and entities that cost time and money and if one player fails to show-up, money and time goes down the drain. So... it's relevant to ask, what is the PAF/PN's capability baseline?  You brought it up as a measure for comparison. How often was CAS or medevac not available (not just on major operations in order to set the bar)? I'm not starting an argument, but the baby steps to modernization seems to be a crawl and it's not cheap. Even with icing on the cake, the taste is still stale.

Keep them working / Re: This must never happen again
« on: October 26, 2016, 09:04:40 PM »
It's been the observation that our institutions (AFP in particular) does not release a through-life cost for each project.  Unlike in most western countries -- long- and mid-term costs are projected (and grossly detailed).  Thus funding/budget requirements for both MOOE and operations can be determine in advance.  Also -- their baseline is operational/deployable availability.

Although, we are basically using only acquisition cost and short-term (probably bare-bone) ILS -- just to get thru the hump, when actually it's always an uphill in terms of financial expense for an asset. 

In fairness, there are minor progress, since not only regular maintenance, but those service-life requirements are being planned. But -- what needs to be streamline is the procurement process and bureaucracy reqt of detailed line items we noted on 'goods'. COA's oversight is always considered, so any reforms (law, memos, etc) has to be qualified to them.

Baseline? What do you mean? For the PAF, what is the baseline?

Streamline? That has been discussed so many times from the old forum. The examples I mentioned were the end-items themselves. Prior to procurement, the planners should have included in the budget a realistic ILS program, like the F/A-50, budget for 12, 1 or 2 can be knocked-down for the replacement parts and ILS for repairable parts (turn-in) and kits first 2 major inspection cycles (gives users time to reorder the used kits). Not seeing the need for a spare engine, the bidding, process to request for US approval to export let's say the cold section (compressor) to the country where the repair will take place......yup, two years! Poor planning!   

Keep them working / Re: This must never happen again
« on: October 25, 2016, 10:52:01 PM »
^^^^Though I could not access the info, you do have the industrial support available within for some repairs/ overhaul. Also, were these line items ordered because the hi/lo limit was triggered by a demand? Quite different scenario with the PAF when there's nothing on the shelf or cannibalized until there's nothing to cannibalize anymore.

Keep them working / Re: This must never happen again
« on: October 25, 2016, 09:53:11 PM »
....which begs the question, whatever happened to PuGs plan to develop/ introduce a logistic software (if I remember it right) to his former unit, 505th? Did it ever get the support to at least a beta test?

Keep them working / Re: This must never happen again
« on: October 25, 2016, 04:48:32 PM »
   This is not a rant but an observation of the AFP modernization. Recent disclosures by chance (F/A-50, SSV, Pohang, SoKor LCU) indicated serious flaws on the way systems have been acquired and lessons have not been learned or applied to the inadequacies of maintaining such modern systems or even upgrading current assets instead of assumed freebies or blue light specials from allied countries.  I failed to catch the SIPRI info with regards to the purchase of 12 F-404s from the U.S. That would have triggered my concern on what kind of ILS was negotiated. The 12 were meant only for the build, nothing more. That’s a piss-poor planning and nobody else to blame but the AFP/PAF to the current situation and failed expectations, almost 2 years to receive a replacement engine. What else will fail since the single aircraft is doing most of the missions, training & keeping up with qualifications? I mean nobody dared to ask questions or provided inputs from past mistakes?
   The same is true with projected SK Pohang & LCU. I admire what LCDR Volante initiated a needed process for PN modernization, but it looks like a hit or miss plan. From what I gathered, no one even inspected the two vessels before accepting the 2 vessels? No one researched the feasibility if local shipyard can handle the repair or even estimate the repair cost, or even ask were they worth the cost to repair? I understand the need to place assets on station for WPS, but, it looks like more of not knowing what to do. Money have already been spent & wasted. With the projected repair cost allotted according to the bid request, would it have been better to upgrade the sensors or weapon systems of the PF-15/16 or even the SSV-1/ 2, as the thought process or alternatives?
   My conclusion, modernization will not be attained even if China or Russia showers the AFP with advance weapon systems if the AFP will not change how it manages and operate. I hope I’m proven wrong in my assumptions, but I don't see any improvements. I have experienced more due diligence & public trust from senior enlisted personnel in my years in naval aviation.  Yes, we have the budget, but it's not bottomless.     

General Discussion / Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« on: October 23, 2016, 11:27:54 PM »
US-PH relations are at interesting point. Thrust into the equivalent of overdue adolescence, with all the uncertainty and discomfort that brings. As the incoming Ambassador and Malacanang chart a course through the "unknown", they will invariably encounter American voices that embody the frame of mind that Duterte professes to oppose. Those who would believe that our past receipt of aid means that we are something to be "owned". Like the one below. If we are an ally to be trusted . . . to be respected . . . we not only must be able to demonstrate that we are willing to fund our own defense but that application of that defensive capability will only be in accordance the Philippine national interest of the Philippines and its obligations as a responsible member of the international community.

Washington should drop defense treaty with PHL —ex-Reagan aide
Published October 22, 2016 8:48pm

A former aide to former President Ronald Reagan has suggested that Washington drop the mutual defense treaty and joint patrols with the Philippines due to President Rodrigo Duterte's "ostentatious disrespect."

In an opinion piece published by the New York Times on October 18, Doug Bandow stressed that "the Philippines needs America more than America needs the Philippines."

Bandow was a special assistant to President Reagan, and senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

"America is a curious great power. It cowers before international lightweights, begging the least significant nations to let it defend them. Such as the Philippines," he said in his opinioin piece.

"United States credibility suffers when a nation long subsidized and defended by America shows such ostentatious disrespect. The Philippine president shouldn’t be treated like a co-equal and ally if he doesn’t behave like one," Bandow added. "Rather, Manila expects Washington’s protection even though the archipelago matters little for the United States."

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....he was right on a number of things, especially on the no effect to US influence in the region. The Philippines has a lot more at stake with regards to this pivot on foreign policies, west to east. Economic indicators in the long run will validate the results. As it happened before, one step forwards, two-three steps back. Bond offerings will be something to watch in the near future.

Politics and Government / Re: Foreign Policy Under Duterte
« on: October 23, 2016, 11:11:39 PM »
...even with all the clarification and retraction, the bashing still leaves a sour taste and I hope he will realize it soon. A mature relationship (remains solid and strong) as what the US side have been responding to his bashing can only be stretched so far.

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: FOD Finder Systems
« on: October 23, 2016, 03:19:39 PM »
....hmmm, hopefully it was worth the cost of an event that does not happen on a regular basis. I mean, the only time we worry about FOD on the runway is due to a TFOA (Things Falling Off Aircraft) reported by a squadron after post flight inspection. Most of the time, item lost fell somewhere in-flight. Emergency events (crash), runway is cleaned-up very well before reopening runway for traffic, (current vacuum truck is available). Could not find statistics per location mentioned. FOD prevention is one of the most effective programs enforced, from shops to flights. They could have just allotted the funds to fix worn down runways. My 2cents BTW.

General Discussion / Re: Defense System of Management (DSOM)
« on: October 14, 2016, 09:07:28 PM »
^^^^When was this applied or implemented?

  Not sure where Teddy Locsin got his source WRT US stopping the Koreans from fully arming the FA-50, but I can see many reasons why. Perception of maturity and professionalism seems to lacking in the way the PAF is trying to modernize itself. I can imagine myself sitting on US side and asking details on what the PAF wanted for this transaction with the Koreans (US gov't approval on transfer of technology), and going by line items on the ILS portion, question will be, "just consumables for ILS?. They just want a flying plane with sophisticated weaponry that the PAF is decades behind in skills and knowledge?" At least flying capability and skill was acknowledged for air shows. That's a very low perception. :(

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