AFP won’t let go of unused lands in camps

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is considering leasing out its idle lands in military camps to gain funds for it modernization program, a military official Thursday.

"Ang balak namin lahat ng lupa sa kampo namin paupahan sa kung sino ang interisado kasi ayaw namin mawala kasi pag ibinenta wala na siya, 'yung pera mawawala na siya. 'Yung pera kung papaupahan at least perpetual ang kikitain," said AFP Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio Catapang.

Catapang said the money, which the AFP will gain from the leasing of the idle but with potential lands in AFP camps, can be used for the modernization of the defense unit such as the acquisition of new equipment and also for the self-sufficiency of the unit.

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"Sa modernization law we are also required to look for funds hindi naman lahat kukunin sa regular budget it would be gun vs. basic services issue. Modernize ka nga kumakalam naman ang bituka ni juan dela cruz o hindi nakakaagaral ang ating mga anak, proper mixture dapat malaki dapat ang education kesa defense," he said.

Reports said the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) is considering the selling, leasing and developing, or retention and upgrading of the Camp Aguinaldo, Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, Camp Peralta in Capiz, Camp O'Donnell in Tarlac and the Camp Kibaritan in Bukidnon - all owned by the AFP, to further maximize its potentials.

Catapang said they are yet to figure out and come up with a plan to maximize the utilization of the unused lands. (Sunnex)

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