Duterte seeks P33 billion for AFP modernization in 2021

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President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking to allocate PHP246.1 billion for 2021 budget of the Department of National Defense (DND) with PHP33 billion programmed for the current Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program.

President Duterte is seeking to allocate PHP4.506 trillion for 2021 national budget.

“The journey that we have started four years ago has always been for the betterment of this country. We have faced the challenges we had confronted with our heads held high. And it is because of this confidence and trust of our people that we are driven to endure and ensure that this country will grow into strong and resilient nation with a sustainable future,” President Duterte said in his 2021 budget message to Congress.

The President noted that to achieve the goal of having a strong and sustainable nation “the DND will receive a P209.1-billion budget to address threats and combat terrorism in the country. This budget also supports the revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program amounting to P33 billion.”