Sat. Jul 24th, 2021

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said unforeseeable circumstances were among the reasons for the delay in the implementation of some of its modernization projects.

“This was the result of unforeseeable circumstances, issues with licenses, clearances and site possessions, and some due to constraints by the manufacturers or contractors themselves,” AFP public affairs office chief, Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata, said in a statement on Wednesday.

In its audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) noted that 22 AFP modernization projects remain unfinished as of June 30 this year.

“We are further (making improvements) to expedite the implementation of these delayed projects. We have already noted important lessons so that it won’t happen in future projects,” Zata said.

He added that these reported delays, amounting to PHP6.8 billion, only represent about 1.37 percent of the total worth of projects.

“Generally, the AFP is meeting its targets in its AFP modernization procurement projects but we are still working to do better,” Zata said.

In managing these delayed projects, he said the AFP is strictly following pertinent provisions of Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

“Appropriate liquidated damages have been imposed, performance bonds confiscated, and even contracts terminated. These were all based and being complied to ensure that AFP is compliant with the said procurement law,” he added.

Zata also said the AFP has completed P114.6 billion worth of projects since the start of the AFP modernization program while projects worth P381 billion are ongoing.

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