Bill seeks to revitalize Self-Reliant Defense Posture Program under Marcos

A bill, Senate Bill No. 2113, seeking to strengthen and revitalize the Self-Reliant Defense Posture (SRDP) Program initiated through Presidential Decree 415 by former President Ferdinand Marcos was filed by Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri.

The bill is currently in Senate committee level with National Defense and Security as primary committee, and Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation; Ways and Means; and Finance as secondary committees.

The bill will be known as “Philippine Defense Industry Development Act” if passed into law.

“The Self-Reliant Defense Posture (SRDP) Program was first implemented In 1974, as the Government’s response to the Muslim secessionist movement in Mindanao and support for the immediate and growing military hardware requirements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Zubiri said in his explanatory note.

He explained that through Presidential Decree 415, the Government, then under former President Ferdinand Marcos, aimed to develop a local defense industry that can address and provide the materiel needs of our own military forces.

“This bill aims to revitalize the SRDP Program, incentivize in-country enterprises, rationalize defense acquisition and create the Office of the Undersecretary for Defense Technology Research and Industry Development under the Department of National Defense,” Zubiri noted.

According to Zubiri, the goal of the bill he filed is “to limit Philippine dependence on allies for the provision of defense requirements and develop the defense capability of the country, as well as reduce foreign exchange outflow, generate local employment opportunities and enhance technology transfer to the Philippines.”