Thursday, March 01, 2012

AFP chief assures austerity measures will not affect operations

QUEZON CITY, Feb 29 (PIA) -- Despite the continuing rise of oil price in the global market, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lieutenant General Jessie D. Dellosa assured that the implementation of austerity measures will not affect the operations of the AFP.

Dellosa said their operational and administrative activities anchored with the implementation of the IPSP Bayanihan’s principles will continue.

“We assure that this will not affect the performance of our major responsibilities and mission,” said Dellosa.

The AFP chief through the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, J4 recently issued a directive to all AFP units to strictly observe measures in the consumption of Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant (POL) products citing it as one of the critical items of supply in the AFP.

Dellosa’s order covers the following procedures: priority of POL issuance in the implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) "Bayanihan;" non-essential movement of vehicles shall be avoided; and observance of “carpool” scheme to save on fuel requirements and expenses.

“This is our way of expressing our oneness with the nation in doing all possible means in saving and conserving our resources,” Dellosa added.

He also directed a periodic preventive maintenance schedule of all vehicles to be strictly observed to ensure road-worthiness and to avoid or minimize the use of high-consuming gas vehicles.

Earlier, the AFP implemented measures in utilization of their POL. AFP units have been submitting a monthly oil consumption report to make sure POL transactions are transparent and monitored.

The AFP has also implemented “no decal, no POL issuance policy” as well as the use of Coconut Methyl Esther (CME) blended-diesel fuel.

Likewise, the AFP implemented measures that excludes vehicles prohibited to travel based on MMDA coding scheme from issuance of POL.

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