AFP deactivates NADESCOM

May 3, 2012 10:29 pm 

MANILA, May 3 – Citing the need to realign its forces, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) formally deactivated its National Development Support Command (NADESCOM) on Thursday.

With its deactivation, the five Army engineering brigades, one Air Force engineering brigade, and one battalion of Navy Seabees of the NADESCOM reverted back to the control of the Army Chief of Engineers.

It is expected that the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) will handle the community development functions of the defunct NADESCOM.

Established in 2006, NADESCOM was tasked to provide construction and engineering support to the community development programs of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

NADESCOM units were tasked to construct school buildings and classrooms, water system facilities, electrification projects, farm-to-farm market roads, and facilities for small-scale enterprises in conflict-affected areas. It had a yearly budget of P1 billion.

During its almost six year of existence, it had assisted 905 barangays and completed 1,200 projects. (PNA)



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