New office to boost PH Navy modernization

New office to boost PH Navy modernization

MODERNIZATION OFFICE. Philippine Navy (PN) chief, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo (left), and newly appointed PN Modernization Office (PNMO) chief, Capt. Emerson David (right), lead the inauguration of the office at the Navy headquarters in Manila on Wednesday (Sept. 30, 2020). The PNMO is expected to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of programs under the PN Synchronization Matrix. (Photo courtesy of the Naval Public Affairs Office)

MANILA – The activation of the Philippine Navy Modernization Office (PNMO) will help boost its implementation of plans and programs aimed at fulfilling its mandate to protect the country’s maritime borders.

In a statement Thursday, PN public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, said the PNMO was inaugurated at the Navy headquarters in Naval Station Jose Andrada, Roxas Boulevard in Manila on Wednesday.

Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, was present during the ceremony.

“The activation of this new modernization office was in parallel with the creation of the AFP’s System Engineering Office in the General Headquarters that manages modernization programs at the GHQ level,” Roxas said.

Meanwhile, Bacordo said the PNMO is expected to “cater to the self-reliant defense posture of the Navy and ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the PN Synchronization Matrix that covers capability, materiel and technology development, doctrines development, force restructuring and organizational development, human resource development and finally, base support and sustainment development”.

The PNMO’s newly designated director, Navy Capt. Emerson David, is a naval aviator and logistician.

Before being designated as PNMO chief, David served as assistant chief of the Unified Command Staff for Logistics of the Western Command. (PNA)

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