Finally . . . the 2008 Modernization Report is out.http://www.afpmodernization.mil.ph/annual/afpmp-annualrpt08.pdf
From page 28: Recommendations
1. The most important recommendation of the AFP is to continue to lobby for the passing of legislative initiatives that would facilitate the implementation of the program and generate additional funds. These include proposed amendments to RA 7898 (AFP Modernization Act of 1995) such as House Bill 3260
which seeks to have a regular fund appropriation from Congress and a separate streamlined procurement process for the acquisition of defense materials. Other legislative initiatives include the amendment to RA 7227 (BCDA Act of 1997), creation of the Military Real Estate Development Authority, allocation and transfer of funds to the AFPMATF from the share of the national government on all taxes, royalties and charges paid by the Malampaya Natural Gas to Power (MNGP) Project, BIR collection of capital gains and value-added taxes from real estate sales.
2. There is also a need for the Defense Department to look into additional funding for the AFP in order to address the necessary expenses for the maintenance and other operating requirements of the new equipment acquired through the AFP Modernization Program. While most acquisitions include provisions for integrated logistics support, these, however are limited only to immediate logistical support for the operation of the equipment. Funds allocated to the program are capital outlay and does not include MOOE to maintain and operate the equipment
3. Allocation of Administrative Fund is also highly recommended. There are processes in project management which require a lot of administrative functions. These include, but are not limited to, needs assessment, market analysis, testing, project administration & monitoring, research, inspection, planning conferences, meetings, documentation, and competency development. Regardless of complexity, a project is estimated to incur an administrative cost of P3.0 to P4.0 Million for it to be successfully implemented
. The estimate shall include project management staff competency development through training, seminars, and workshops on project management, acquisition, and related topics. Equipping the PMTs, TWGs, Programs Managers, and project staff to effectively manage their responsibilities shall improve efficiency in project implementation; which will result to shorter project cycletime.
4. The competence of formulating procurement plans
, bidding documents, and contracts, do not reside in the AFP as an institution
. While there are people in the military who are skilled to undertake these activities, the non-permanence of military personnel in any position hinders the continuous development of skills and expertise in this particular field. Thus, it is noteworthy to consider the establishment of a dedicated institution with permanent personnel that will undertake these activities for the AFP. With this, the AFP’s role in the acquisition cycle will be purely the identification of its needs to fill up the required capabilities to address modernization objectives.