500 more housing units for Scout Rangers to be completed before year-end – PH Army

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2019   •   257

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army is eyeing to finish before the year ends the additional housing units and facilities for the members of the First Scout ranger regiment and their dependents at Camp Tecson in San Miguel, Bulacan.

In a statement, the army said the second batch of 500 houses for Scout Ranger troops aims to improve their standard living.

On the other hand, the 14-feet training pool is envisioned to enhance the warfighting capabilities of the Rangers as well as provide a recreation area for the troops.

The project is in partnership with the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto and HUDCC Chairperson Sec. Eduardo D. Del Rosario led the groundbreaking ceremony for the project last Nov. 15.

“These events certainly reflect positive changes throughout the organization, not only to the quality of professionalization of our ranks but also to the standards of living for our soldiers,” Alberto said.

In December 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte awarded the first batch of 500 units which now houses the Scout Rangers and their families.

“These new facilities will greatly boost the morale of not just our uniformed personnel but also their families. We look forward to more collaborative ventures and continuous partnership between the PA and HUDCC for the continuous development of our Armed Forces,” Alberto said.

DND welcomes appointment of Gapay as new PH Army chief

Robie de Guzman   •   December 4, 2019

Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense (DND) has welcomed the appointment of Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay as the new commanding general of the Philippine Army.

In a statement, the DND noted that Gapay brings with him years of dedicated military service and leadership.

Gapay’s appointment by President Rodrigo Duterte was confirmed Wednesday by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Noel Clement.

Gapay, a member of the Philippine Military Class of 1986, will replace Lieutenant General Macairog Alberto who is set to retire on Friday, Dec. 6.

Prior to his appointment as Army chief, he headed the Southern Luzon Command which is primarily tasked with anti-insurgency operations.

He also led the military’s Mechanized Infantry Division and also served as deputy commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command.

He also headed the Joint Task Force Haribon in charge of securing Davao City areas after the 2016 Roxas night market bombing.

PH Army shooters bring home 22 medals from ASEAN Rifle meet

Robie de Guzman   •   November 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army’s shooting team bagged a total of 22 medals from the ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) 2019, held in Indonesia from Nov. 14 to 27.

The 34-member shooting team, headed by Col. Roberto Huet, took home six gold, seven silver, and seven bronze medals during various team events; while gold and silver medals were clinched in individual events.

The 22 medals were presented to the Philippine Army shooting team at the AARM closing ceremony held on Nov. 20.

“In behalf of the Philippine Army, I commend the whole shooting team for your excellent performance during the AARM. The command will continue to support your efforts as it brings us closer to our goal of being a world-class Army by 2028,” Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto said in a statement.

The AARM is an annual shooting competition participated by 10 different Southeast Asian nations, namely: the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei Darrusalam and Malaysia.

This year’s competition is hosted by the Indonesian Armed Forces.

The AARM 2020 will be hosted by the Royal Brunei Land Forces, according to the Philippine Army.

PH Army donation to buy lot, build homes for Mindanao quake victims

Robie de Guzman   •   November 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army’s fund donation, which was collected from portions of its personnel’s November meal allowances, will be used to buy land where temporary homes will be built for victims of earthquakes in Mindanao.

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto on Thursday led the turnover of the donated funds, amounting to P9.2 million, to 10th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Jose Faustino, Jr. and Disaster Response Task Force Commander Brig. Gen. Rodolfo Lavadia Jr.

Alberto said the fund will be allotted to purchase an estimated 4.9 hectares of land and materials for the construction of Kobe-type houses.

Each house will cost around P50,000 and can accommodate seven persons.

Soldiers from the 534th Engineer Construction Battalion have built a prototype of the said temporary shelter, he added.

The Philippine Army’s initiative aims to provide support to internally displaced individuals currently staying in evacuation centers, which are mostly schools.

“In these trying times, we are in solidarity with the people of Mindanao. The funds donated will be used to purchase a lot and build one hundred homes where the evacuees can transfer to so that the children can use the schools,” Alberto said in a statement.

He further stated that around 60 percent of houses in Makilala, North Cotabato were destroyed due to earthquakes that struck in October.

Eight out of 38 barangays of the municipality were also declared as “no-build zones” and was recommended by the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PhilVocS) and the Mines Geosciences Bureau (MGB) as uninhabitable while aftershocks are still recurring.

“Through our donations, we hope that these will somehow uplift the morale of the people. We urge everyone to extend whatever assistance they can in keeping with the Filipino ‘Bayanihan’ spirit,” Alberto said.

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