PN MODERNZATION

Force Restructuring and Organizational Development Several objectives of the Force Restructuring Program have been accomplished. Noteworthy is the metamorphosis of the original six Naval Districts to four Naval Forces in 1996 and the transfer of the Philippine Coast Guard to the Department of Transportation and Communication in 1998 and the creation of the Naval Reserve Command(NRC). The creation of the NRC stresses the importance and key role of a well-trained naval reserve force in maritime emergencies, both in time of war and peace.

Meanwhile, the streamlining of the PN organization by transfering personnel from offices with non-mission critical functions to offices performing strategic functions has started. In the years to come, the structure of the Philippine Fleet will be redefined to focus on specialized units.

Human Resource Development For the morale and welfare of the personnel, the Command recently processed applications for educational benefits of Navy dependents who want to avail of the AFP Educational Benefits. The Navy aso works to provide a more judicious promotion system, awards and decoration system, expanded health services and a more vigorous sports development program. Off-base housing projects complement base quarters provided to officers and enlisted personnel.

The Navy has through the years, focused its attention to laying the groundwork for an optimized human resource management system. This is to ensure that the right number of personnel with the right skills will be available to man the new vessels and equipment upon their delivery. Towards this end, the Navy has implemented six fields of specializations for officers and skill development program for enlisted personnel to address the operational, technical and administrative requirement of modern equipment and systems.

Doctrines Development In the hope of spurring the effort of creating valid principles and concepts to form part of the Naval Doctrine, the Command intends to develop greater awareness of the importance of doctrines among its personnel to serve the training and operational needs of the Navy. The analysis, methods and tools used to formulate doctrines will hence be institutionalized. Getting the job done is not the only thing to consider. During naval operations, existing laws, rules and regulations and current rules of engagement are of primary importance. Respect for human rights of combatant and non-combatants shall likewise be observed.

Bases and Support System Development

Naval bases and stations are maintained to support the strategic projection of naval ground, ground and air units of the navy throughout the archipelago. Several of them will be enhanced and modified to sustain naval operations in accordance with changing national dfense strategy. To effectively project naval power in important sea-lanes and choke points, satellite bases and stations in the frontiers of the country shall be aggressively created. All base development plans shall include an environmental impact assessment, which shall contain among others, precautions to insure that toxic materials or pollutants, if any, emanating from base activities are contained and will not contaminate the environment .