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DND-OPA - Philippine Defense Newsletter - 008 - July 2012 Issue

DND-OPA - Philippine Defense Newsletter - 008 - July 2012 Issue

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The Philippine Defense Newsletter's 8th edition - July 2012 issue, released July 27, 2012. This edition features the humble accomplishments of the Department in the past year coinciding with the annual State of the Nation Address of H.E. Pres. Benigno S. Aquino, III. The cover features Pres. Aquino and the whole new evolving world of Philippine defense. Inside features include a lady Army office who drives and commands tanks as part of our women in the Armed Forces; the prospects of a rising future for the Philippine Air Force and how "military discipline" transformed the life of precocious teenager.
The Philippine Defense Newsletter's 8th edition - July 2012 issue, released July 27, 2012. This edition features the humble accomplishments of the Department in the past year coinciding with the annual State of the Nation Address of H.E. Pres. Benigno S. Aquino, III. The cover features Pres. Aquino and the whole new evolving world of Philippine defense. Inside features include a lady Army office who drives and commands tanks as part of our women in the Armed Forces; the prospects of a rising future for the Philippine Air Force and how "military discipline" transformed the life of precocious teenager.

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E D I T O R I A L
 A Time for Assessment and Reckoning
I
t’s the time of the year whenthe incumbent administration makesa reckoning of its performance in steering
this nation and the entire Filipino peopletowards the much desired progress and
development.
It is also the time when the nation’sassessment is sought in evaluating theperformance of the administration and
the effects of the government programs inimproving the socio-economic condition of our people.
H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino, III
delivers his third State of the Nation Address
this July, and will appraise the nation of thevarious programs being undertaken.
This administration’s pre-election promise
of progress and social transformation for its
people was anchored in transparency andgood governance.
Thus, all programs and initiatives that are
aimed to improve this nation and its people
will be measured not only by –
“Are we
any better off today than yesterday?” 
but
more importantly, if all of these programsare being implemented well within the
parameters and the ambit of the promisedtransparency and good governance.
Effective governance has so manyintricate complex details in itself. Makingfaces in accomplishing its tasks, theselimitations are not seen as an obstruction
but instead as a challenge to nd the legally
proper and appropriate solution.
President Aquino has clearly demonstrated
his serious and sincere intent to make the
country able and capable to defend itself against any threats from internal and
external forces.The current initiatives sanctioned by thePresident have brought much hope to thetroops, whose ability to serve and functionproperly was stunted in the past.
It can be said at this point, ‘to serve in themilitary nowadays can be best described as
entering very interesting dynamic times.’
No stone will be left unturned in nding
the legally appropriate solution(s) to make
the defense of this nation’s people, territory,
resources and patrimony current, relevantand respectable.
As the Department presents itsaccomplishments for the past year, wealso await the invaluable comments and
suggestions of our people. In these times,it is not just a moment to pat our own backswith rhetoric of achievements, but also, it is
the time to hear from the public on what elseis needed to fully and effectively accomplish
our goals.
every initiative work for the benet of the
majority, notwithstanding the countless day-
to-day problems that we all encounter, is atough task to accomplish.
More so, in our kind of democratic
system, every leadership is not spared from
the harsh criticisms from those who refuseto see any good or potential good from theprograms being undertaken. For them, anyprograms not theirs is not good for them.Each administration faces the rigors of 
balancing available resources and priorities
amidst the interconnected symbiosis of economics, politics and social issues. In
the six years given to any elected national
leadership, every day counts to institutethe reforms and programs needed to
accomplish the goal set at the beginning.
Every leadership must thread carefully in
its dealings and ensure that every cent thetaxpayer pays is worth every program thatcomes to action.
In the case of the Department of National
Defense, its own programs and initiativeswill also be assessed if they run paralleland in synch with the administration’s set
objectives.Much has been done already and yet
much is still needed to be done. Despite
the resource limitations that the Department
No Hype, Just the Facts
July is the time of the year when weaccount for the accomplishments of thepast year. It also the time to proclaim whatother things will be done for the comingyear.Under the leadership of H.E. PresidentBenigno S. Aquino, III, the “boss,” needsto be informed of the state of affairs, toknow and better understand where our humble nation will course through in thecoming months.Like among the multiple stakeholders inthe affairs of government, the Departmentis one among the many moving anddynamic components that churn thewheels of this nation.We’ve made our report and we leave itto the general public to assess whether or not much has improved since last year.One thing is for certain, there is still muchto be done. There are many things thatneeds to be resolved and institutionalizeprograms that will lead to the optimumcompliance to the mandate given tothe Department, and in the process,
sufciently and substantially perform its
duties to the general public, and to thepeople it directly serves – our soldiers andour veterans/retirees.Let our performance speak for itself as the country’s defense establishmententers into a more interesting period in itsentire history. We stand before the generalpublic and let the records show of wherewe are and where we are going.
Our Cover 
 
T
here are so many inspiring and thingsthat are simultaneously happening across
 
we got closer that he is actually a
SHE.
As we started our interview with her, she couldlook and sound as if just like one of the boys. She can hold on to a conversation withmen, but her femininity stands out.Other than driving and commanding light tanks in areas of operations, 1Lt. Lucrecia is
also a yer. She also serves as an Army Aviator and as a Cavalry ofcer.
As a proud member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, 1Lt. Lucrecia sees womenin the AFP as being empowered to do their duties to the utmost of their abilities.When asked on what’s her message to others like her, especially other women aspiringto serve the country under the Armed Forces,
“I would like to encourage the Filipinayouth of today to join the AFP, most especially those with the keen determinationand strong heart to serve our country and our people.” 
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In the succeeding pages, our footnotes feature selected quotes from H.E. President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III’s speech duringthe 114th Proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12, 2012, held at the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos City, Province of Bulacan.
NOTICE
Barasoain Church
— the cradle of our Constitution. It was here where the representatives of different provinces came together to decide on how best to care for and nourish the hard-won freedom they had fought so hard for. It was here where our forebearsdecided to take the future of our country into their own hands, and show the world that the Philippines is for Filipinos.
 
the whole Defense establishment at anear frenzy pace.At present, there is an up swelling of expectations and positive morale with thevarious on-going initiatives and programsthat are being implemented under theleadership of President Benigno S. Aquino, III.The course of the modernization isin full swing, faster but carefully laid outcompared to previous times; reforms in theentire defense process are carefully being
set into motion; welfare and benets for 
soldiers and veterans are being compliedwith despite limited resources; and theway we view natural disasters and safetyof our population has transitioned to pro-active from the previous reactive.We’ve chosen this photo collage asa symbolic reminder that the President is
‘snappy’ 
and really means business whenit comes to implementing and managingdefense related programs, and assuming
the role of a visionary Commander-in-Chief who has risen above the ranks to
ensure the able and capable defense of the whole nation.We salute back Mr. President for looking after the welfare and well-being of our troops!
Turn to Page 5 ...
For comments & suggestions, e-mail us at
 
dnd.opla@gmail.com
From Page 2 ...
No Hype, Just Facts
T
he Armed Forces of the Philippineshas undergone countlesstransformations in recent years, makingit more resilient and adaptive to theconditions of the present times.Among the many innovativechanges being seen and is beingwelcomed is the presence of women
ofcers who are actively taking part
in various mission critical activities of 
the AFP’s operations. Case in point is
1st Lieutenant Zeerah Blanche L.Lucrecia, (Cav), P.A.
1Lt. Lucrecia hails from Cagayan deOro City and is currently assigned to the
Light Armour Division of the Philippine Army. She is a tank driver.
At rst glance, Lucrecia looks like
one of the boys. Up close, one cannotice his good looks, only to realize as
T
he Armed Forces of the Philippines
Chief of Staff General Jessie D Dellosaissued a General Headquarters (GHQ)Circular requiring all Air Force and ArmyColonels and Navy Captains to take the
Master in National Security Administration(MNSA) prior to their promotion to the ranks
of Brigadier General and Commodore.
As stipulated in this circular, the MNSAprogram administered by the National
Defense College of the Philippines(NDCP) becomes a prerequisite for allfull-edged Colonels and Navy Captains
who eye promotion to O-7 positions or 
Brigadier General for Philippine Army
(PA) and Philippine Air Force (PAF) and
Commodore for Philippine Navy (PN)
starting 2015 and onwards.
To this effect, all O-6 ofcers or Full-Fledge Colonels who are projected to
occupy O-7 positions from year 2013 to
2014 and all ofcers currently holding
O-7 positions are exempted to take upthe MNSA program; however, they arerequired to attend the Senior Executive
Course on National Security (SECNS) toqualify them to said positions. SECNS is
a three-week course being conducted by
the NDCP.
The circular was also in line with the
recommendations of the Commission on Audit (COA) for the military sector to be at
the forefront of the MNSA Program. In a
recently published news article, the COA
reasoned that the military is the sector directly involved in national security and
is the rst line of defense for the country
from actual and perceived threats thus
the participation of their key-ofcers in the
MNSA program must be mandatory.The agency further recommended
that the National Defense College of 
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