AFP inks career dev’t pact with CIAP

MANILA In line with efforts to further professionalize the ranks of the military, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on a career development path for officers and non-commissioned officers of the AFP Corps of Engineers (COE).

The MOA was signed by AFP Chief-of-Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero and CIAP executive director Ramon Abiera at the Silid Lapu-Lapu, General Headquarters Building at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, AFP public affairs office chief, Lt. Col. Emmanuel Garcia, said in a message Thursday.

Present at the signing were ranking AFP officials and members of the Construction Manpower Development Foundation (CMDF).

Through the MOA, the COE, in collaboration with CIAP-CMDF, will administer the integration of a military construction management eligibility system that will provide a career development path for engineer officers, as well as senior non-commissioned officers in the military.

Garcia said the COE undertakes base development projects within military installation or bases in consonance with its mandated mission.

It also undertakes national development projects in partnership with other government agencies and organizations, such as the CIAP-CMDF regarding identification, planning, sourcing of requirements, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of development projects.

"The partnership also aims to pursue academic cooperation and promotion of development projects of AFPCOE and CIAP-CMDF. Activities on industry orientation, resource-sharing of expertise and training facilities, collaborative research projects; and other forms of cooperation will be undertaken," Garcia said.

With the assistance of CIAP and CMDF, the AFP would be able to rationalize the required training in accordance with the competency and capability levels of the AFPCOE workforce. The AFP is involved in infrastructure construction in the countryside as part of peace and development efforts.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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