Major inspection seen to make Army efficient, effective

Posted on August 06, 2015

THE inspector general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is conducting a major inspection of all units of the Philippine Army, a move seen to make it more efficient and effective.

Inspector General Major General Benito Antonio T. De Leon arrived in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Tuesday to begin the annual inspection of the 80,000-strong Philippine Army, the military’s largest service branch.

Mr. De Leon will head the Annual General Inspection (AGI) team, which will be visiting various units of the Philippine Army, gathering documents and data for validation.

“This AGI serves as a management tool, whereby the [Commanding General of the Philippine Army] and the Chief of Staff [of the] Armed Forces of the Philippines can see the performance of the command,” said Col. Jorge B. Lomboy, Executive Officer of the Office of the Inspector General and Chief Inspector for the AGI.

The inspection includes examination of the performance of the Philippine Army’s commanding general and his management staff, the state of morale and the welfare of its troops as well as the discipline, law and order existing with the command, Mr. Lomboy said.

“The Philippine Army is on the path of transformation to become a more dynamic land force. We acknowledge the need for constant assessment and evaluation to ensure it stays on the right path,” Major General Rafael C. Valencia, Philippine Army Chief of Staff said in another statement.

The AGI team is scheduled to deliver its exit briefing to the leadership of the Philippine Army some two weeks from now, on August 20, as it concludes the annual inspection of the military organization.

The Philippine Army comprises more than half of the country’s military organization, which currently numbers around 125,000 -- less than the 160,000 officers of the Philippine National Police. -- Alden M. Monzon