MAJOR GENERAL ALLEN T PAREDES AFP, Commanding General, Philippine Air Force led the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the TOW EastMin Base Operations Building together with COLONEL DENNIS G ESTRELLA PAF (GSC), Wing Commander, TOW EastMin on January 25, 2020 at Headquarters TOWEASTMIN, Davao Air Station, Brgy Sasa, Davao City.
The representatives from DPWH namely; Engr. Anthony John Christopher Castro, Project Inspector and Architect Honey Gingatan, Unit Head, Building Project also graced the ceremony and joined the CG, PAF and WC, TOW EastMin in a ceremonial filling and burying of the time capsule on the ground and a ceremonial shoveling.
The construction of this facility will greatly enhance the capability of this Unit to provide a convenient, efficient and effective base aerodrome services for military flight operations.
Upon activation of the Tactical Operations Wing Eastern Mindanao (TOWEASTMIN) on December 8, 2017, the Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Plans and Programs, A5 proposed a Master Development Plan (MDP) for the TOWEASTMIN base facilities in coordination with the Air Force Chief Engineer (AFCE) and one of the requirements is the Base Operations Facility.
AFCE planned the facilities to be installed to TOWEASTMIN and forwarded to the DND through the program of DND-DPWH “Tikas Convergence Program”.
The creation of the base operation facility is in line with the modernization plan and the fulfilment of the command’s initiatives under the PAF Flight Plan 2028 that fast tracks the implementation of the PAF future structure.
The base facility’s future creation will support the capability of the PAF in providing air support while sustaining air mobility capability or the deployment and redeployment of personnel, materiel or forces to, from or within an operation by air.
It is also necessary since the Wing has recently acquired the Security Screening Equipment (SSE) worth P63M donated by the DOTr-OTS which requires a covered and air-conditioned facility to maintain its maximum performance and prolong its durability.
On 2019, the project was endorsed to DND and was approved by DPWH and on 2020, the project was implemented by the DPWH XI. PAF.MIL.PH