National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana has expressed his strong support for the proposed measure which will amend the retirement age of officers, set the tenure-in-grade of all military personnel and amend the percentage of general officers to the total Armed Forces of the Philippines strength.
The proposed measure is currently being discussed at the Senate and House of Representatives.
“The proposed law will streamline and stabilize the leadership, rank and organizational structure of the AFP,” the defense chief said.
Secretary Lorenzana added that the measure will make the AFP a more efficient and effective organization.
Senate Bill 1785 filed by Sen. Dick Gordon and its companion bill in the House, HB 8056, filed by Representative Boboy Tupaz, will raise the retirement age of officers to 60 and the Chief-of-Staff to 65. The retirement age of enlisted personnel will remain at 56.
The proposed law will also provide for a fixed tenure-in-grade for all ranks in the officer corps (Second Lieutenant to Colonel) and the enlisted corps and provide for a fixed tenure-in grade for general officers (Brigadier General to General). It will also establish a cap on the number of general officers to a ratio of one general officer for every 1,000 uniformed personnel.
“The law will ensure that officers stay in their positions long enough to effectively implement AFP programs and projects,” Lorenzana said.