Ochoa says reforms in AFP
February 9, 2011
MALACAÑANG – Reforms in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are
underway to institutionalize the much-needed improvement and
transformation of the military, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa
Jr. on Wednesday said.
Ochoa said the reforms were in line with the Aquino Administration’s
determination to address the problems and issues raised in the Armed
“We know that we really need to make some improvements and reforms and
we’re doing that. I have talked to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin
and asked him to line up actual and detailed reforms that we’re trying
to institute now,” Ochoa said.
“My only appeal is for people not to drag everybody in the AFP or the
entire institution into any of these (controversies). This is the more
important thing,” he added.
The Executive Secretary explained that when Defense Secretary Voltaire
Gazmin took office in July 2010, steps to tighten budget spending,
process of procuring supplies and equipment, and internal controls
These efforts are intended to ensure that transactions are transparent
and that the AFP coffers will be safe from abuse and misuse, Ochoa
One of the key changes is the strict enforcement of the provisions of
the Commission on Audit (COA) Circular No. 97-2002: Reinstatement with
Amendments of the Rules and Regulations on the Granting, Utilization
and Liquidation of Cash Advances Provided under COA No. 90-331 to
address the “conversion” of the AFP funds.
In line with this, the administration has designated special
disbursement officers (SDOs) whose task is to attend to the financial
requirements of the Department National Defense (DND) agencies and AFP
units through the cash advance system.
The administration also has strengthened the internal control systems
in all agencies and units under the AFP and DND by conducting a
pre-audit on all procurement activities.
This process eliminates ghost deliveries of goods and services and
complements the post-audit operations to be performed by resident COA
auditors assigned to all procuring units of the AFP and DND.
At the same time, a memorandum of agreement forged by the DND Bids and
Awards Committee (BAC) with the Coalition Against Corruption expanded
the group’s representation to the committee proceedings.
Aside from representatives from the Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference
for Human Development and the Makati Business Club, three members of
the Defense Press Corps will sit as observers in the BAC