Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana graced the Philippine Army’s Leadership Summit and Capability Exposition today, December 5 at Fort Bonifacio.
According to Philippine Army, the event was designed to bring together the command’s senior leaders and provide them a platform in discussing relevant issues affecting the organization and its strategic direction as well as showcase the current and future defense acquisitions significant to the thrust of becoming a world-class Army.
Secretary Lorenzana, as the keynote speaker, highlighted President Rodrigo Duterte’s guidance of ending the insurgency that threatens national peace and security.
The Army said that an open forum was also conducted where concerns on capability development and issues were raised by the Army leaders.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations Maj. Gen. Antonio G. Parlade Jr. also provided an update on the National Task Force to End Local Communist and Armed Conflict. He emphasized that addressing the youth recruitment schemes of the CPP-NPA-NDF is a critical aspect in ending the conflict.
The Army headquarters heads of General Staff and Functional Command also reported the accomplishments and the future thrusts of the organization in terms of Personnel, Intelligence, Operations, Logistics, Civil-Military Operations, Education and Training, Reserve Force Development, Financial Management, and Governance.
The other half of the event which is the capability demonstration will be held until December 6. The Army said it will feature international defense equipment from United States of America, Israel, India, Czech Republic, and Philippines.
“I would like to thank everyone for the accomplishment that you have done. But I expect that everyone of you will still continue to do your best for the Philippine Army and for our country. In so doing, let us keep in mind our core values and also our core purpose to serve the people and secure the land,” outgoing Army Commanding General Lieutenant General Macairog S. Alberto said.