Army rolls out 230 new trucks for disaster response, peacekeeping operations

March 21, 2011 11:17 pm 

MANILA, March 21 – The Philippine Army rolled out 230 units of 2.5-ton Troops Carrier Trucks (TCT) on Monday afternoon at the Headquarters Philippine (HPA) Hunters’ Parade Ground in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Army officials said the trucks will be used for disaster response and peacekeeping operations in communities nationwide.

The TCT Acquisition Project of the PA involves the acquisition of 250 units of 2.5-ton truck and its Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) with approved budget of P837,670,000, or approximately P3.35 million each truck.

The first shipment of 20 units arrived on December 9, 2010; the second shipment of 112 units on January 11, 2011, and the remaining 118 units on February 5.

The project is a negotiated procurement through the IA-PDM of the 1994 Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of the Philippines and Republic of Korea and in consonance with Section 4 of Republic Act No. 9184.

The operators and maintenance personnel training, which was part of the deliverables of the project, was conducted at Headquarters, Army Support Command, by KIA Motors representatives in coordination with the Army Modernization Procurement Management Office (AMPMO) on January 25 to 28 2011.

The final Test and Evaluation of the trucks were conducted by the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee chaired by Col. Victor V. Bayani.

The Project Management Team is headed by Col. Gamaliel Cruz; Lt. Col. Benjamin Mutlah, Logistics Officer; Maj. Leother Leviste, Technical Officer; Maj. Manaros Boransing II, Project Officer, and Engr. Florentina Dulin, Technical Officer.

The truck acquisition is just one of the many projects that the military has adopted in consonance with R.A. 7898, more popularly known as the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program. (PNA)



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