2015 GAA secures budget for defense, security forces

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MANILA, -- The security, protection, and safety of the country are among the paramount priorities of the National Government, which is why the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA) is set to improve the capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said, “Safeguarding the country will depend on the ability of the PNP and the AFP to promote the rule of law and defend national sovereignty, respectively. Likewise, public order and safety rely on agencies like the BFP to protect our people against fires and natural disasters. As such, we’ve allocated the appropriate budgetary support so that these agencies can fulfill their tasks effectively.”

To ensure the security of the country’s citizens against lawless elements, the PNP set the following targets for 2015: limiting crime incidence to 37.11 percent and meeting a crime solution efficiency rating of 29.99 percent. To support their efforts, the PNP was given a budget of P70.8 billion in the 2015 GAA, with an additional budget of P2.83 billion in the 2014 Supplemental Budget for the PNP Operational Transformational Plan (OTP) that would upgrade their equipment.

In terms of national safety, the BFP has committed to limiting fire incidents to one per 10,000 population and casualties to one per 200,000 population for the coming year. Because of this, the BFP received a total budget of P8 billion to support firefighting and emergency response activities, and this will be complemented by the  construction of 110 fire stations and the purchase of 116 fire trucks.

On the other hand, the AFP—the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the AFP General Headquarters specifically—received a total budget of P95.8 billion so that the military can effectively protect the sovereignty of the country. Likewise, the AFP Modernization Program will receive a budget of P20.0 billion from the allotment of the AFP General Headquarters (AFP-GHQ) as well as P10.0 billion from the 2015 Unprogrammed Funds.

Abad said, “Creating an environment where there is just and lasting peace, security, and the prevalence of the rule of law is an integral part of our thrust to create inclusive growth. This is because we can only succeed if there is an environment of social stability where everyone can enjoy the fruits of economic prosperity in relative safety.”

Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III is introduced to PNP-SAF OIC P/CSupt. Noli Taliño (second from left) by the newly newly installed PNP-SAF Director Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio Lazo (left), as Deputy General Marcelo Garbo Jr, chief of the PNP directorial staff, OIC Chief PDDG Leonardo Espina and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas look on during the Assumption of Command Ceremony of Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) at the PNP-SAF Headquarters Quadrangle of the Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City on Wednesday (March 04, 2015).



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