Government Arsenal to buy Canada machines for ammunition production


Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Government Arsenal is the first agency to benefit from the recently signed defense cooperation between the Philippines and Canada.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the Philippine government has placed an order with Canada for machines for the Government Arsenal.

The equipment would be for the improvement of “our capability to produce ammunition such as the casing, everything about bullets and ammunition manufacture,” Gazmin told reporters on Monday, following anniversary ceremony of the Department of National Defense (DND).

The Government Arsenal in Limay, Bataan, manufactures the ammunitions needed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

An agency under the Defense Department, the Government Arsenal was created under Republic Act. No. 1884 and signed into law in 1957.

According to the Government Arsenal website,  it was 14 years later when the first small arms ammunition (SAA) cartridge “rolled out of the GA’s production assembly line.”

“Three years later, the integrated SAA manufacture began, with all the components—case, primer, propellant powder, and bullet assembled into a complete cartridge—(were) manufactured in the arsenal,” the website said.

Republic Act 7898 or the AFP Modernization Act “provides for the modernization of the Government Arsenal for the development of production capabilities to enhance self-sufficiency in defense requirements,” the website noted.

Gazmin also said that the Defense Department has been eyeing the purchase of “small boats for rough waters.”

“We are receiving offers already. So we are looking at these water assets,” he said.

The recent state visit of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Philippines saw the signing of the deal that would help Manila purchase military equipment to help defend its territory.

According to a Canadian government statement, under the deal, Philippine purchases of equipment and expertise from Canada’s C$12.6 billion (US$12.6 billion) defense industry are guaranteed by the Ottawa government.

Gazmin said there have been no contracts made yet for big-ticket items.

“There are all in the process… (which is) going towards the final stages. But there is no contract signing yet,” Gazmin said.

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  • Lolo Mo

    This is another lemon or white elephant. Walang mangyayari sa project na ito katulad din ng project ni dating President Marcos kung saan nag order ng expensive precision machines from Germany to built aircraft. Walang nangyari. Ang mga machines, naka imbak lang sa Sangley at hindi na mapakinabangan. Besides, with Filipino mentality, these new project will just explode because Filipinos are known not to strictly abide by the rules. Sasabog lang ang factory. Sayang.

    Secondly, it would be cheaper to just order just enough to provide our military. Wala naman tayong buyers from other countries kung sapat na ang mga bala. Ano, pababayaan na naman mabulok ang mga makina? Bigay na lang sa mahihirap ang pera. Tapos, paano naman ang “kickback?”

    Mahilig gumastos ang Chinese government natin sa mga malalaking projects, tapos, pababayaan na lang. Hay naku! Dami nating higit na importanteng projects para sa masa, na napapabayaan na lang. We have 29% unemployment according to the latest survey, why not address it first? Many are getting hungry because of high price of essential commodities, why not spend that money, buy machines appropriate for productive use. All around us except Malaysia and INdonesia, their fishing boats are big and ocean going, why not invest on it. Our tuna and other expensive aquatic resources are just being pouch by Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, yet, we do not have means to compete against them. These three countries are pouching in our economic zone with impunity  because our Coast Guard is next to nothing. 

  • Lolo Mo

    Let the Americans establish their bases here no matter how many and collect the rentals. Besides, it will create jobs for our people. Let them protect our territory. When the Americans had their bases in Subic and Clark, nobody ever asserted their rights to our territories. Scarborough shoal if I’m not mistaken was used by the Americans as target practice. When they left, not by our government but Mt. Pinatubo eruption, hell broke lose, everyone wants to claim these shoals. When it comes to implementing projects, our Generals rate the lowest in achievement and accomplishment. Let’s let the Americans solve our problem. 

    He he he. Buhay na naman ana JUSMAG. Ang mga dependents ng ating Generals, mahilig pumunta sa JUSMAG here in Q.C. to taste the soft and delicious American steak and chocolates. Ang babaw ng taste ng mga kumag. 

  • Brahman

    what happened to the boats supposed to be donated by Japan? 

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