The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay pledged to support innovations being espoused by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NSSC) during a historic visit on Wednesday, November 4 in Cavite City.
General Gapay was given a tour in several units of the NSSC which showcased cutting-edge technologies in the fields of weaponry, electronic communications, virtual and augmented reality, virtual training and education – a first in the Command’s history. He was also updated by NSSC Commander, Rear Admiral Rommel Jason Galang regarding the Command’s efforts under its Capacity Building Strategy.
The AFP Chief lauded the NSSC for setting the pace for a modern Navy, which is beneficial not only for the entire AFP but for the security of the whole nation.
In the same day, General Gapay also made his first visit as the 54th AFP Chief to the Philippine Navy headquarters in Manila. He was received by the Flag Officer in Command, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo along with the members of the Philippine Navy command team.
He commended the Navy’s humanitarian and disaster response efforts alongside the rapid delivery of government aid to citizens in need following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly. He said the Team Philippine Navy’s committed focus and dedication to the fulfilment of the AFP’s mission has not once faltered in support of the government’s stance in managing the impact of the prevailing pandemic and recent calamities.
General Gapay also called on the troops of the Philippine Navy and NSSC to continue working hand in hand to defeat all threats to the country’s peace and development. Among these threats are the Communist Terrorist Groups who continue to deceive the public through front organizations that target vulnerable sectors and influential people.
“It is the AFP’s obligation to expose CPP-NPA individuals and organizations for who and what they truly are. We have already unmasked the deliberate and orchestrated efforts by left-leaning organizations and the NPA which exploit vulnerable sectors and communities to advance their lawless cause,” the AFP Chief said.
He added that it is the AFP’s duty to protect the people from the deceitful and violent ways of the CPP-NPA.
“It is in line with our peace and development campaign to shield and protect the Filipinos, our institutions, and vulnerable sectors from the recruitment of the CPP-NPA. It is our mission to protect our people from the threats of communist armed violence and terrorism even while we perform our duties in this time of global pandemic and natural calamities,” said General Gapay. AFP.MIL.PH