Thursday, March 17, 2011

Navy opens PPPO to leaseits assets for AFP modernization

By Mario J Mallari
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Navy leadership yesterday formally opened its Public-Private Partnership Office (PPPO) as part of the efforts to lease out some of its assets, which was supported by no less than the Commander in Chief President Aquino, to generate funds for its modernization.

Commodore Edgar Abogado, chief of the Naval Staff, presided over the formal activation of the PPPO, Naval Human Rights Office (NHRO), and the Navy’s Protocol Office (PNPO). Representatives from the Department of Finance joined the Navy command team during the ceremonies.

Navy spokesman Capt. Giovani Carlos Bacordo said that the PPP Office is in line with the Navy’s initiative of leasing out some properties at the Navy Headquarters, Fort Bonifacio and other real estate in naval bases and stations in the country, to generate funds for its modernization.

It can be recalled that during his first State of the Nation Address in July 2010, President Aquino advocated the Navy’s plan for public-private partnership.

“Funds generated from this venture will finance the acquisition of modern ships and equipment for sailors and marines,” said Bacordo.

On the other hand, Bacordo said that cognizant of the importance of human rights and its preservation, the Navy also activated the HRO as called for by the military’s internal peace and security plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan” for the promotion of human rights.

“The office aims to safeguard and ensure that human rights of the people and Navy personnel, as well as of its stakeholders are well-respected and preserved,” said Bacordo.

Before yesterday’s ceremony, Bacordo said that the HRO has already distributed copies of the HR handbook among PN personnel to educate them on human rights issues.

Meanwhile, the PN Protocol Office will be handling protocol and etiquette matters. It is envisioned to preserve customs, traditions, and ideals of the Navy.

“The discipline and high character it promotes will ensure precision in personal habits and daily living worthy of naval profession,” said Abogado.

In his keynote speech, Abogado congratulated the new heads of the three offices and expressed his confidence on their performance.

“I know there will be difficulties and birthpains in handling these offices but with the managerial expertise and competence that you embody, I am certain that you will surpass them all,” he said.

Abogado also exhorted Navy personnel to accord their support and coordination to the newly created offices. “Let us all remember that we are all working for the attainment for a similar goal, which is to have a strong and credible Navy that our maritime nation can be proud of.”

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