MANILA (Mabuhay) – Citing proper and efficient bidding procedures, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Thursday the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will soon be getting additional Remington M-4 automatic rifles for its ground units.
The President made the announcement during the ceremonial distribution of new weapons to soldiers at the AFP canopy area in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
“Dahil sa patas na bidding, nakuha natin ang mga bagong baril na ito sa di-hamak na mas murang halaga. Sabi po ng BAC (Bidding and Awards Committee), ang dapat sana’y Php 63,000 kada unit – na di-hamak na ngang mas mura sa dinatnan nating presyo noong tayo’y nag-umpisang manungkulan – nakuha na lamang natin sa Php 38,402.13, kada isa po ‘yan,” the Chief Executive said.
“Kung susumahin: Sa approved budget na Php 3.19 billion, nabili natin ito sa presyong Php 1.94 billion. Ang savings natin, umabot sa Php 1.2 billion. Gamit ang bahagi ng dagdag-pondo na ito, nakapag-procure ang ating Department of National Defense ng dagdag pang 12,657 units ng assault rifles para sa Philippine Army, na nagkakahalaga ng Php 486.06 milyon,” the President added.
The procurement and distribution of modern equipment to the AFP is done to match the courage and valor of its personnel, President Aquino stressed.
Fund for the purchase of the M-4 rifles was sourced from the AFP Capability Upgrade Program.
An initial 27,300 M-4 units were shipped last July and the remaining 23, 329 units will be delivered by December.
Total M-4 orders for the AFP is placed at 50,629 units. (MNS)