House to ensure armed forces’ modernization, welfare programs are fully funded in the budget – Speaker

Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez today assured the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the armed forces in general that the House of Representatives would ensure their modernization and welfare programs are fully funded in the annual national budget.

The leader of the 300-plus-strong larger chamber of Congress made the assurance during the PAF’s 77th anniversary celebration.

Speaker Romualdez accompanied President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. who was the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the event.

According to Speaker Romualdez, the House stands firmly behind the vision of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for the entire armed forces.

“We are committed to providing the necessary legislative support to ensure that the modernization programs and welfare initiatives for our armed forces are fully funded and effectively implemented,” he said.

“We will continue to work on policies that enhance our defense capabilities, improve the conditions of service for our soldiers, and ensure that the Philippines remains safe and secure,” he said.

Speaker Romualdez added that the Marcos administration, including Congress, “has been steadfast in its commitment to enhancing our country’s defense capabilities.”

“We recognize that in this ever-evolving world, our security apparatus must be dynamic, robust, and forward-looking. The administration has thus embarked on a comprehensive modernization program aimed at upgrading our defense systems and ensuring that our armed forces are equipped with the latest technology and resources necessary to meet the challenges of the modern battlefield,” he stressed.

He pointed out that such commitment is supported by substantial budget allocations for advanced aircraft, cutting-edge radar systems and state-of-the-art equipment.

“These advancements are not merely for show; they are essential tools that enable our air force to execute its mandate with greater efficiency and effectiveness. They are a testament to our unwavering resolve to safeguard our nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.

He said the President and Congress are also looking after the welfare of members of the armed forces.

“Recognizing the immense sacrifices you make, the administration has implemented various programs aimed at improving your living conditions, providing comprehensive health care, and ensuring that your families are well-supported. These measures are in place to ensure that you can perform your duties with peace of mind, knowing that your loved ones are taken care of,” he said.

The House leader thanked the Air Force personnel for their “dedication, bravery, and unwavering commitment to duty are the pillars upon which our nation’s security stands.”

“The bravery and gallantry of our air force personnel in protecting our territory and sovereign rights cannot be overstated. Your relentless patrols, swift responses to threats, and tireless efforts in various operations demonstrate a level of dedication and professionalism that serves as an inspiration to all Filipinos. Your actions are a vital line of defense against those who seek to undermine our nation’s peace and security,” he said.

At the same time, Speaker Romualdez acknowledged PAF’s participation in humanitarian and disaster response operations.

“Your swift and efficient actions during calamities have saved countless lives and provided critical support to communities in distress. These efforts highlight not only your versatility but also your deep commitment to serving the Filipino people in their times of greatest need,” he said.

“Rest assured, the administration and the Filipino people stand firmly behind you, ready to support and uplift you as you continue to protect and serve our country,” he said.

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