Most of AFP’s P8-B fuel allocation to go to Luzon

THE government is spending P8.050 billion for the gasoline requirements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the next three years, but will pour the bulk of the fuel supply to troops assigned in the relatively peaceful areas of National Capital Region (NCR) and rest of Luzon.

AFP units in Visayas and Mindanao, which have been the traditional “hot spots” and favourite playground of communists and Muslim rebels, will receive lesser ground and aviation fuel support from government.

The Department of National Defense (DND), the official procuring agent, said in a public notice that the ground and aviation fuel procurement would cover troop requirements next year up to January 2013.

Of the total ground gasoline requirements, P1.540 billion of gasoline will go to troops stationed in NCR while another P1.995 billion of gasoline would be procured for AFP units based in Luzon.

Troops in Visayas will receive a lesser fuel supply for their military vehicles worth only P729.667 million.

Mindanao-based military units, including those in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), will have to contend with a fuel supply worth P1.498 billion, still lower than what NCR and Luzon will receive.

Aviation fuel budgets for the three regions are likewise skewed in favour of NCR and Luzon with a combined aviation fuel of P1.164 billion.

Military aircrafts assigned to fly the skies of Visayas and Mindanao will receive an aviation supply worth P411.5 million and P407.1 million, respectively or lower by an  average of half a billion compared to NCR.

Visayas and Mindanao-based troops will likewise receive lower lubricant supply of P26.161 million and P54.9 million, respectively against NCR’s supply of P159.794 million.

As per troop distribution, the Philippine Army will receive the lion’s share of the gasoline supply of P2.756 billion, followed by the Philippine Navy (PN) with P2.461 billion.

Philippine Air Force (PAF) will receive a gasoline allocation worth P1.969 billion. PN and PAF continues to receive higher fuel allocation despite their fast dwindling assets of sea vessels and aircrafts. Dino Ng

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