JUNE 20, 2014

NR # 3503

House leader seeks use of AFP Engineering Brigades for gov’t
reconstruction and rehabilitation projects
A House leader has called on the executive department to utilize the Engineering
Brigades of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the reconstruction and
rehabilitation projects of the government as a cost effective approach.
Rep. Rodolfo Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City), a former AFP chief of staff,
said the costs of reconstruction and rehabilitation of homes and public infrastructures
entail billions of pesos, hence approaches to cut these public expenditures should be
continuously sought.
“The cost of reconstruction and rehabilitation projects can be greatly reduced if
these are done by units of government agencies that have the capability to undertake them
as the profits of private contractors, which are necessarily inputted in the costs of these
projects, will be taken out of the equation,” said Biazon.
The chairman of the House committee on national defense and security said
examples of such units are the Engineering Brigades of the different branches of the AFP.
“These Engineering Brigades of the AFP have the mission to provide general
engineering support and contribute to national development programs of the government,”
said Biazon.
At present, he said the AFP has four Engineering Brigades – three in the Philippine
Army (PA), one in the Philippine Navy (PN) and one in the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
Biazon called for the mobilization of the AFP Engineering Brigades for the
reconstruction and rehabilitation of calamity-devastated homes and public infrastructures
through House Resolution 1191.
“For the past several years, the country has continuously experienced both natural
and human-induced calamities that have wreaked havoc on the lives of our countrymen
and cost damage to homes and public infrastructures,” he said. (30) rbb