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Re: What should the average Filipino know about defense?
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2016, 02:55:21 PM »
Defense is both over rated and under rated. We all need to understand that protecting our country costs money. We have to know specific assets' use, purpose and cost of ownership in terms of maintenance.

People want defense but dont want to spend on it. One simple comparison: You want your house secured, you get a deadbolt, remember to lock it everynight. This is simple enough, while some spend on motion alarms, camera, electric fences, etc. and then hire armed guards. So what is the most appropriate for your house? how much are you willing to spend? how much are you willing to spend monthly for maintenance? will the technology you use be worth the investment?

While you think your neighbors getting a nightvision/thermal camera is too much to your *ordinary* outdoor camera, you can never judge what they think is more precious. The govt (multi sectoral panel) will have to decide and weigh in all options which is best suited to for defense use (whether they be for Land/ Sea and Air), if you think an american MBT is best for us, or an Aircraft Carrier is best defense of our seas, then join in on the discussion, present facts, and figures and be ready for approval/ disapproval.

it doesnt take a rocket scientist to know the practicality (and common sense) of each by just understanding our current situation: Why would you suggest sending an Abrams to a jungle battle in Mindanao?

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Re: What should the average Filipino know about defense?
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2016, 05:11:24 PM »
  • That the we need to lessen our dependency on our allies for our country's defense needs.

  • That the Filipino is the one who is responsible in defending his own country.

  • lastly, as one Timawan always says before, (could not really remember who he was, my apologies) "Defense ain't cheap."
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Re: What should the average Filipino know about defense?
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2016, 09:59:11 PM »
The average Filipino needs to realize that nothing is free, least of all, liberty.  What our forefathers previously paid for in blood, we now pay for with our taxes.  It behooves the average Filipino therefore to understand how the government spends his hard earned money in the defense of his liberty.

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Re: What should the average Filipino know about defense?
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2017, 01:19:14 PM »
If you use history to inform an average Filipino about defense, then it will be an arduous task. Teaching history subject in schools made students yawn :(. Sad to say to our country, it treats history as a very boring topic but it gives the most embarrassing and brutal lessons. For me, highlighting defense using politics, history, and economics will give realistic view. The people that must be educated more about defense are the solons. They are still naive that defense is a capital intensive state activity.

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Re: What should the average Filipino know about defense?
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2017, 07:16:18 PM »
I think the most important thing is that we Filipinos, in order to defend ourselves (not just externally but also internally), must first be aware that there's really a need. Because sad to say some of our countrymen nowadays are not that concerned anymore.  :'( :'( I've been reading all the stuffs that you've been posting here sir and I'm really happy that there's still somebody who cares and shares just as much enthusiasm that I do for our beloved country.

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Re: What should the average Filipino know about defense?
« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2017, 11:11:45 PM »
Almost everything on a country would be nothing without military. and the military would be nothing without that "everything" that the country has. Defense is heavily intertwined with Economy, Politics and Social matters.
But as we already know, majority of the People are invested more on Politics, setting aside other relevant stuff, and worse, the last on the line is Defense, and what's worst is that some people ( I mean civilians ) used the military both by degrading and praising to advance political stuff and whatsoever. And I call it an "obsession" on Politics.
Undeniable that the General Populace really wanted a credible defense, but knows a little of it, its spending, its politics, the stuff and such.
So that's where they're lacking, they want strong security but knows not about its huge expenses ( Heck, IIRC, even a Politician, Chiz Escudero questioned why the military is still in a "Sorry-state" after a 63 billion pesos was spent on Military modernization for 11 YEARS ) even on that simple misunderstanding of the subject, it ( for me ) gives a headache, and the mob goes with the bandwagon with the misconception.
What should the average Filipino know about defense ?
Even on the simplest matter, "spending" at least, and its role.

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Re: What should the average Filipino know about defense?
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2017, 10:48:09 AM »
Teaching history subject in schools made students yawn :(.

There are no boring lessons. Only boring teachers.

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Re: What should the average Filipino know about defense?
« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2017, 11:26:21 AM »
i think the "web presence" of various filipino defense fora such as the old timawa has considerably improved the ordinary pinoy netizen's views on defense. and by considerably improved i meant  it made the nonchalant pinoy netizen finally aware of our defense needs. 
 
as to what this forum needs to focus on, i think it should just continue the tradition of the old timawa forum-filtering information to remove unwanted and unnecessary filth for the benefit of netizens who want to become well-informed re defense matters. this may be harsh to the fanboys (like me) since we can hardly join in the discussion,  but we just have to accept it. as the old timawans would put it, read more...post less...

 

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Re: What should the average Filipino know about defense?
« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2017, 07:53:47 PM »
I believe its more of how can it affect our daily lives. For a normal person they wont care about our AFP or DND but in reality, if we dig deeper the role of AFP it has an effect on almost all things including food security and even safety. Remember who rescues you during calamity and remember who are guarding our seas so fisher-folks can bring us food.

The awareness level should be raised for everyone.

As the quote says "The a soldiers sacrifice their lives and happiness for us to sleep sound and safe"

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Re: What should the average Filipino know about defense?
« Reply #24 on: September 21, 2018, 07:44:49 AM »
Defense isnít just about weaponry

The 5 Pillars of Total Defence

https://www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/mindef_websites/topics/totaldefence/about_us/5_Pillars.html

Total Defence is a framework for an all-round response to threats and challenges and involves all Singaporeans in the following five aspects:

Military Defence

"Keeping Singapore secure"

We need a strong Military Defence to defend ourselves when attacked or to deter foreign intervention and prevent ourselves from being attacked. The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is a conscript armed force, depending on not only its Regulars but also the commitment of its National Servicemen with the support of their families and employers. To remain operationally ready, our servicemen keep fit, train seriously and keep abreast of the latest military doctrines and equipment.

How can you put Military Defence into action?

Our soldiers, sailors and airmen do so by keeping fit, taking their training seriously, and staying operationally ready.
By being supportive of those who are doing their National Service or in-camp training (ICT), the public can encourage our National Servicemen and boost their morale.
Women can also contribute directly to Military Defence by joining the SAF, or serving with the SAF Volunteer Corps.


Civil Defence

"Taking care of our family, friends, and people around us in times of crisis"

During times of crisis or disaster, resources will be strained and we will need everyone to pitch in. If we know what to do, we can save ourselves and our loved ones, help others and ensure that life goes on as normally as possible. Learning what to do in an emergency before it happens - such as taking part in emergency exercises and attending first-aid and emergency preparedness programmes that the Singapore Civil Defence Force conducts - helps us respond more effectively in times of crisis.
The threat of global terrorism is real and security personnel cannot be everywhere all the time. Singaporeans can do our part to keep Singapore well protected by helping to look out for and reporting anything suspicious.
How can you put Civil Defence into action?
Read up on what to do in an emergency, and participate actively in Civil Defence exercises, be it water/food rationing or community emergency preparedness exercises.
Pick up life-saving skills such as first aid, CPR, AED, or fire-fighting.
By being vigilant and looking out for suspicious persons or activities.


Economic Defence

"Having a strong and resilient economy"

Economic Defence is about building up a strong and robust economy that can sustain Singapore through economic challenges and national emergencies. It means that the government, employers and trade unions work together during peacetime to ensure that we have good infrastructure and our economy is competitive. Individuals also play a part by retraining and upgrading, and by keeping up with new technologies and new ways of doing things. When we do this, we help ourselves remain employable as the economy changes. Saving up for a rainy day and adopting environment-friendly practices are also ways to protect ourselves and our future generations.
To prepare for national emergencies, the government and businesses work together to put in place contingency measures to keep offices and factories running even after National Servicemen and equipment have been mobilised, and to maintain national stockpiles of essential items to keep the economy going. We are also taking steps to enhance our country's defences against cyber-attacks so that our critical infrastructure and data remain secure.
How do you put Economic Defence into action?
Embrace lifelong learning and continual skills upgrading to adapt to the changing needs of the economy.
Save, invest wisely, and spend within your means. Be prepared to ride through times of economic uncertainty.
Conserve energy and water, and adopt environmentally-friendly practices.
Adopt good cyber-security practices like securing our internet-connected devices and networks.


Social Defence

"Living harmoniously and looking out for one another"

Singapore enjoys social and economic stability because people of all races and religions live together harmoniously. We know what could happen if we allow extremist ideologies and racial prejudice and discrimination to endanger social cohesion and harmony. We befriend, accept and help people of different ethnicities.
We show consideration for one another, respecting and being sensitive to the needs and religious and cultural practices of others. We have meals together and invite friends to join in our festivities. Through such small efforts in our daily lives, we are able to better understand and appreciate the heritage, culture and practices of our fellow countrymen and strengthen our bonds as Singaporeans. We also contribute towards a gracious and compassionate society when we help the less fortunate and underprivileged among us.
How do you put Social Defence into action?
By being sensitive and respectful of other races in Singapore, and learning more about their traditions, cultures, religions, and heritage.
By befriending fellow citizens from other communities, and building strong bonds with them over common Singaporean experiences.
Show greater consideration and understanding to new citizens, helping them understand our way of life, and sharing with them different practices of different groups here.
Looking out for and helping the less fortunate and underprivileged among us.


Psychological Defence

"Being a resilient people"

While being prepared is the key to Total Defence, it is always the fighting spirit, the will, the resilience of Singaporeans that determines whether or not our nation will overcome a crisis. When each Singaporean is resolved and determined to overcome any crisis together, proud of our country and willing to stand up to defend what is ours, we can be assured of a secure future, regardless of the challenge.
How do you put Psychological Defence into action?
By being proud to be Singaporean and prepared to stand up to defend Singapore in times of crises.
By developing resilience and the strength to return to our normal activities as soon as possible after a crisis hits.
By understanding our history and the principles that helped Singapore succeed, and having a strong resolve to stay united and keep Singapore strong and special.

Putting it all together

Total Defence has seen us through SARS, the fall-out from the 9/11 attacks and the economic crises of 1997 and 2008, and the haze in recent years. It has become a fundamental aspect of what makes us Singaporean and is shown in the things that we do on a daily basis Ė whether it is by fulfilling National Service duties, volunteering in Civil Defence activities, working hard and contributing to a strong economy, strengthening community ties with one another regardless of race and religion, or staying committed to defending the country.
Our work in Total Defence is unceasing. When we understand our part in Total Defence, we will continue to strengthen ourselves, our community and our nation.