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General Discussion / Re: AFP Joint Exercise DAGIT-PA 2020
« on: December 09, 2020, 11:56:24 PM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1123333

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AFP concludes 1st day of 'DAGIT-PA' inter-operability exercise
November 30, 2020, 2:57 pm

This AFP-wide exercise aims to enhance interoperability during joint operations of the Philippine Navy (PN), Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the Philippine Army (PA).

Joint inter-operability exercises (JIOEs) focused capabilities development in maritime security, military operations in urban terrain, and amphibious operations.

Amphibious operations, island defense, and combined-Arms Live-Fire exercises comprised this year’s JIOES.

Amphibious operation is a military operation launched from the sea by an amphibious force to conduct landing force operations within the littorals.

The littorals include those land areas that are predominantly susceptible to engagement and influence from the sea and may reach far inland.

It seeks to develop the military’s skills, techniques, and capabilities during rapid deployment of troops from ship to shore whether under hazardous circumstances or during natural disasters or hostile enemy actions.

This type of operation requires the unique ability to operate across air, land, and sea. It needs integrated Command and Control (C2) to achieve unity of effort, increased speed of action, and coordinated application of sea control and power projection capabilities.

On Sunday, the following exercises were completed; Publication Exercises (PUBEX), Plotting Exercises (PlotTex), Maneuvering Exercises (ManNex), Semaphore Exercise (SemaphorEx), Flag Hoisting Exercises (FlagHex), and Helicopter Exercises (HeliOps).

Assets used in these maneuvers are the strategic sealift vessel, the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), missile-frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), and an AugustaWestland AW-109 combat utility helicopter.

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General Discussion / PAF Aviation Engineering Equipment
« on: December 09, 2020, 11:50:37 PM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1123674

PH Air Force gets 57 units of aviation engineering equipment
December 3, 2020, 10:17 am


NEW EQUIPMENT. A chaplain leads the blessing of 57 units of aviation engineering equipment of the Philippine Air Force at the Basa Air Base, Floridablanca, Pampanga on Wednesday (Dec. 2, 2020). The equipment consists of trucks, hydrostatic bulldozers, a compact backhoe loader, equipment haulers, self-loading mixers, excavators, and road rollers. (Photo courtesy of Air Force Public Affairs Office)


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https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1124170

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PAF to accept 6 brand new combat choppers
December 9, 2020, 9:05 am

The six helicopters are part of 16 units acquired from Polish company Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze Sp.z.o.o and manufactured under license from Sikorsky USA for a contract price of USD241 million.

The helicopters were procured through a government-to-government transaction with Poland. The negotiations were completed in 2019.

The acquisition of the Polish-made S-70i Black Hawk combat helicopters is part of Horizon 2 of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.


A Polish-made Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopter (Photo courtesy of Department of National Defense)


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https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1122193

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PRRD okays 'back-up' gov't center formation in Tarlac
November 18, 2020, 3:38 pm

In signing the EO, Duterte said the establishment of a back-up government center outside NCR supports the policy of addressing long-standing issues on the lack of sustainable employment opportunities in the countryside, unbalanced regional development, and unequal distribution of wealth.

He also recognizes that the establishment of integrated government centers fosters ease of doing business, provides equal access to efficient and effective delivery of public services, and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new economic opportunities outside NCR through the development of new townships and commercial business districts.

EO 119 will take effect immediately after its publication in the Official Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation.

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General Discussion / Re: Luzon Under State of Calamity (2020)
« on: November 19, 2020, 01:12:25 AM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1122148

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Duterte places Luzon under state of calamity
November 18, 2020, 8:23 am

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the entire Luzon under a state of calamity after the successive typhoons that ravaged the country's largest island.

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Malacañang released a copy of Proclamation No. 1051 on Wednesday night.

"Now, therefore, I, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution and existing laws, do hereby declare a State of Calamity in the entire Luzon Island Group," the proclamation read.

Under the proclamation, all departments and other concerned government agencies are directed to implement and execute rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation work following pertinent operational plans and directives.

Law enforcement agencies, with the support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are directed to undertake all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in the affected areas.

The state of calamity will remain in force and effect until lifted by the President.

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Proclamation No. 1051 s. 2020
Uploaded on: November 18, 2020
https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/2020/11/18/proclamation-no-1051-s-2020/


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General Discussion / Re: Luzon Under State of Calamity (2020)
« on: November 19, 2020, 01:08:05 AM »
https://mb.com.ph/2020/11/18/president-places-entire-luzon-under-state-of-calamity/

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President places entire Luzon under state of calamity
Published November 18, 2020, 1:29 AM

A calamity declaration will help speed up the relief and rebuilding efforts and give leeway in the fund releases.  It also allows the imposition of price control measures to ease the economic impact of the calamity on the people.

Dozens of people died while thousands have been displaced from their homes after the powerful typhoons caused massive floods and landslides. Billions of pesos worth of storm damage to agriculture and infrastructure have also been reported by authorities.

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Duterte places entire Luzon under state of calamity
Published November 17, 2020 11:25pm
Updated November 18, 2020 12:25am

Funds utilization

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In areas declared under a state of calamity, the Quick Response Fund or stand-by fund may be utilized for relief and recovery programs in order that situation and living conditions of people in communities or areas stricken by disaster, calamities, epidemics or complex emergencies may be normalized as quickly as possible.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund may also be released to augment local funds for relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Under the state of calamity, there shall also be no price increase among basic commodities as stated in Republic Act 7581.

Under Section 6 of the Price Act, it is stated that "if the prevailing price of any basic necessity is excessive or unreasonable, the implementing agency may recommend to the President the imposition of a price ceiling for the sale of the basic necessity at a price other than its prevailing price."

String of typhoons

Strong storms pounded Luzon in the previous weeks, claiming the lives of dozens of individuals and leaving thousands of families homeless.

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/764540/duterte-places-entire-luzon-under-state-of-calamity/story/


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General Discussion / Luzon Under State of Calamity (2020)
« on: November 19, 2020, 01:03:56 AM »
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1361316/ndrrmc-recommends-declaration-of-state-of-calamity-in-entire-luzon

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NDRRMC recommends declaration of state of calamity in entire Luzon
INQUIRER.net / 03:21 PM November 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ top disaster agency has recommended the declaration of state of calamity in entire Luzon after three consecutive typhoons wreaked havoc in the country.

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Local government units will also have easier access to funds for relief and rehabilitation efforts with this declaration.

Several provinces in Luzon have been placed under a state of calamity due to the extent of devastation caused by the three successive storms in recent weeks. Dozens have died and thousands have been displaced after the typhoons slammed the Philippines.


This photo, taken on Nov. 13, 2020, shows Baybayog-Pared-Baculod-Maraburab, Alcala National Highway rendered “unpassable” due to massive flooding. (Photo from the Facebook account of Alcala, Cagayan Mayor Tin Antonio’)

See Also: Typhoon Ulysses (Intl: Vamco)


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General Discussion / Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) Extension
« on: November 18, 2020, 06:57:26 AM »
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* Philippines suspends abrogation of Visiting Forces Agreement with US
* Statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. on VFA Extension
* Weighing the value of VFA with domestic concerns
* How the Philippines benefits from the US-PH VFA
* Philippines formally ends Visiting Forces Agreement with US
* End of military exercises with US?

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PH, US execs meet after VFA gets extended lease on life
INQUIRER.net / 04:17 PM November 17, 2020


Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law met on Friday, Nov. 13, two days after the Philippine government announced that it was extending the suspension of Visiting Forces Agreement for another six months. Photo from US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law’s Twitter account

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/192185/ph-us-execs-meet-after-vfa-gets-extended-lease-on-life


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Military Vehicles / Re: PN Amphibious Assault Vehicle Acquisition Project
« on: November 18, 2020, 05:42:13 AM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1121677

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Navy teams aid Rizal rescue ops
November 13, 2020, 9:41 am

MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) on Thursday night said it has deployed disaster relief and response teams (DRRTs) to help in rescue operations in Rizal which was heavily affected by Typhoon Ulysses.

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Aside from being used in combat operations, AAVs are also useful during the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations.

Each AAV can accommodate up to 20 passengers and can maneuver through deep water or floods.

Meanwhile, another amphibian truck from the Naval Affiliated Reserve Force-National Capital Region (NCR) was also mobilized to help in the rescue operations.


RIZAL RESCUE OPS. An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) is deployed to help in the rescue operations in typhoon-affected areas in Rizal on Thursday night (Nov. 12, 2020). The Philippine Navy said each AAV can accommodate up to 20 passengers and can maneuver through deep water or floods. (Photo courtesy of Naval Public Affairs Office)


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General Discussion / Re: Typhoon Ulysses (Intl: Vamco)
« on: November 18, 2020, 05:38:21 AM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1121677

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Navy teams aid Rizal rescue ops
November 13, 2020, 9:41 am

MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) on Thursday night said it has deployed disaster relief and response teams (DRRTs) to help in rescue operations in Rizal which was heavily affected by Typhoon Ulysses.

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Aside from being used in combat operations, AAVs are also useful during the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations.

Each AAV can accommodate up to 20 passengers and can maneuver through deep water or floods.

Meanwhile, another amphibian truck from the Naval Affiliated Reserve Force-National Capital Region (NCR) was also mobilized to help in the rescue operations.


RIZAL RESCUE OPS. An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) is deployed to help in the rescue operations in typhoon-affected areas in Rizal on Thursday night (Nov. 12, 2020). The Philippine Navy said each AAV can accommodate up to 20 passengers and can maneuver through deep water or floods. (Photo courtesy of Naval Public Affairs Office)


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General Discussion / Re: Precision-guided munitions @ PAF
« on: November 18, 2020, 05:33:25 AM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1122103

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PH to get $18-M worth of precision-guided munition from US
November 17, 2020, 6:41 pm

"They have given us USD18 million worth of (military) equipment (that will arrive) next month. Those are precision-guided munitions that can be dropped with pinpoint accuracy," he said during an interview with defense reporters in South Harbor, Manila as he led the send-off of the BRP Tarlac.


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US MILITARY AID | Washington transfers $18M worth of smart bombs to Manila, assures steady relationship
November 17, 2020 , 07:37 PM

The military has been requesting for these smart bombs to fight the pro-Islamic State militants in the south since 2013. But, at that time, the Philippines lacked a delivery platform to hit the Abu Sayyaf Group on the volatile island of Jolo.

During the five-month Marawi conflict, the military did not have smart bombs, dropping conventional aerial bombs, which killed some soldiers on the ground. There were so many unexploded ordnance and bombs in Marawi which remained a threat to this day.

https://news.tv5.com.ph/breaking/read/us-military-aid-washington-transfers-18m-worth-of-smart-bombs-to-manila-assures-steady-relationship


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General Discussion / Re: Typhoon Ulysses (Intl: Vamco)
« on: November 18, 2020, 05:26:03 AM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1121915

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More AFP, PNP equipment sent to Cagayan for disaster response
November 16, 2020, 9:04 am

MANILA – The military and police have mobilized more equipment for use in the ongoing disaster response efforts in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), one of the areas that suffered heavy flooding due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses last week.

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The communications van is capable of air-to-ground, ground-to-ground, sea-to-ground, and long-range communications while the air traffic controller is responsible for coordinating with inbound and outbound PAF aircraft conducting aerial search-and-rescue operations over the affected areas.

"The deployment of the communications van and air traffic controller will further capacitate the SAR teams and other ground troops to expedite rescue operations to those affected by the heavy floods caused by Typhoon Ulysses," he said.

Meanwhile, two UH-IH helicopters from the PAF's Tactical Operations Group 2 are transporting relief goods and other essential items to thousands of families affected by the typhoon, he added.

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Also, 11 rubber boats and two fiberglass rescue boats arrived in Tuguegarao City Saturday night and used for rescue operations on Sunday morning.

The rubber boats came from the Philippine National Police's National Capital Region Police Office, Police Regional Office 1, Police Regional Office 3, Maritime Group and Baguio City.

Some three PNP ambulances with a complement of doctors and nurses also arrived d in Cagayan Valley and deployed to evacuation centers. Two platoons of search-and-rescue personnel from PNP-Special Action Force were also deployed to Cagayan Valley to assist in the operations.

Some 400 police disaster response personnel were deployed to Cagayan Valley to join the rescue and relief efforts. Two PNP helicopters are also in Cagayan Valley to assist and direct ground operations and possible medical evacuation.

Heavy-lift troop carriers also transported assorted medical supplies, rice, water, and food packs to the affected areas. (PNA)


MILITARY EQUIPMENT. The communications van is capable of air-to-ground, ground-to-ground, sea-to-ground, and long-range communications. It is now deployed at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol. (Photo courtesy of PAF)


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AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Tarlac (LD-601) - ex SSV1
« on: November 18, 2020, 05:14:37 AM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1122040

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PN ship transports heavy equipment, relief goods to Catanduanes
November 17, 2020, 11:36 am

The BRP Tarlac, one of the two largest Navy ships, is a "critical asset" for civil-military operations and humanitarian assistance disaster relief due to its capability of transporting a large number of personnel, logistics, and supplies, Roxas said.

"This deployment demonstrates how the PN's modern assets bolster the organization's readiness and commitment to providing prompt assistance to our disaster-stricken fellow Filipinos to alleviate them from their current ordeals," Roxas said.

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The ship also carries heavy equipment, trucks and trailers to be used for clearing operations and rehabilitation efforts.

Catanduanes was among the provinces that suffered the brunt of Super Typhoon Rolly earlier this month and Typhoon Ulysses last week. (PNA)

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Videos & Images / Re: AFP Promotional, Tribute & Recruitment videos
« on: November 18, 2020, 04:57:29 AM »
See Also: Philippine Military Band

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PHILIPPINES ARMY BAND - KABAYANIHAN
Apr 9, 2019
Wish 107.5
The Philippine Army Band performs their original "Kabayanihan" live on the Wish 107.5 Bus! The rock piece is an anthemic nod to the valor and gallantry of Filipino fighters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3x2_HVExzg

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PHILIPPINE ARMY BAND sing THEIR ORIGINAL SONG "KABAYANIHAN" live
Jun 11, 2019
THE BEEP BEEP PHILIPPINES
MUSIKALAYAAN 2019
@ Luneta Open Air Auditorium ( Concert at the Rizal park) Manila.
June 11, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42TiWzTDJDQ


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Videos & Images / Re: Philippine Military Band
« on: November 18, 2020, 04:52:34 AM »
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PHILIPPINES ARMY BAND - KABAYANIHAN
Apr 9, 2019
Wish 107.5
The Philippine Army Band performs their original "Kabayanihan" live on the Wish 107.5 Bus! The rock piece is an anthemic nod to the valor and gallantry of Filipino fighters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3x2_HVExzg

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PHILIPPINE ARMY BAND sing THEIR ORIGINAL SONG "KABAYANIHAN" live
Jun 11, 2019
THE BEEP BEEP PHILIPPINES
MUSIKALAYAAN 2019
@ Luneta Open Air Auditorium ( Concert at the Rizal park) Manila.
June 11, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42TiWzTDJDQ


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