By Francis Wakefield
The Philippine Army (PA) has opened the bidding for the acquisition of P2.6 billion worth of various types of ammunition for Mortar (60mm and 81mm), various RPGs (rocket-propelled grenade) and various small arms.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva, said the Armed Forces of the Philippines, through the Philippine Army bids and awards committee (PABAC), is inviting all suppliers, manufacturers and distributors to bid for the mentioned items.
Villanueva said the Army is purchasing new ammunitions to replenish their stocks following the six-month war in Marawi last year.
Villanueva said Philippine Army will be purchasing mortar ammo rounds for 60mm and 81mm mortar; ammo rounds (HE,HEAT, thermobaric) for RPG; ammo rounds for small arms (5.56, 7.62 and 50) calibers; and various ammo for 40mm.
"Continuous naman 'yung replenishment natin, mga ano natin, basic ammunitions as a result nung ano pa rin, syempre 'yung campaign natin sa Marawi. Marami pa rin tayong hinahabol na (or) kinakailangang stocks para sa ating tropa.(We continuously replenish our basic ammunitions as a result of the campaign in Marawi. We need to fill up our stocks for our troops)," Villanueva said.
"Marami 'yung hahabulin na gamit natin doon (We need to buy new equipment for them)," he added.
Villanueva, however, assured that the PA is not running out of ammunition but merely "stockpiling" new ones.
"Hindi naman mangyayari 'yun kasi sa ating sistema meron tayong tinatawag na, sinisigurado natin lagi na meron tayong strategic reserve. Meron tinatawag tayong combat loads na naka-front load 'yan sa tropa, 'yung individual combat load na sinasabi (That will not happen because in our system we have what we call, we make sure that we always have strategic reserve. We also have what we call combat loads which is front-loaded to troops, it’s what we call individual combat load)," Villanueva said
"And then we have what we call second combat load which is prepositioned to the mother unit, to his battalion. The third level of combat load is in the level of the division and also we have what we call strategic which is in the level of the logistics command."
"Medyo considerable yung nagamit natin dun (sa Marawi) kaya iyun 'yung naka-program natin ngayon this year and until next year (We used considerable amount in Marawi that's why that's in our program for this year and until next year)," he said.
The bidding documents shall be available at the Office of PABAC Secretariat in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City starting June 15, 2018 upon payment of nonrefundable fee at the Collecting Officer Finance Center.