REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE
KAGAWARAN NG TANGGULANG PAMBANSA


Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin visited a Philippine Air Force (PAF) facility in Lubang Island, a municipality of Mindoro Occidental, which will soon be upgraded under the AFP Modernization Program.

Malaysian Defense Minister Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein visited the Philippines on March 10-11, 2015, to personally invite Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition, which will be held on March 15-16, 2015, and March 17-21, 2015, respectively, in Malaysia.

The Department of National Defense, in cooperation with the Philippine Commission on Women, joined the nationwide celebration of the 2015 International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

Secretary Gazmin led the Department of National Defense in commemorating this year’s celebration of the Women’s Month.

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin, together with Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio P Catapang, Jr., led the conferment of plaques of recognition to thirteen (13) AFP General Headquarters offices for their achievements in line with the AFP Transformation Roadmap (AFPTR).

SSupt Wilfred A Nicolas receives from Undersecretary Eduardo S. J. Oban, Jr, Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on Visiting Forces, the 2015 Cavalier Award together with DGen Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr, LtGen Felicito VM Trinidad, and the rest of this year’s roster of PMA alumni who were honored for their achievements in their respective fields.

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin awards a Military Merit Medal to BGen Marcelo B Javier Jr AFP (RES), Commanding General of the 15th Infantry Division (Ready Reserve), Philippine Army. The 15th Infantry Division (Ready Reserve) formed part of the joint task group that secured the Pope during the activities held at the SM Mall of Asia and the Luneta Grandstand from January 15 to 19, 2015.

Twenty-three new High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), or “Humvee” ambulances, were turned over to the Armed Forces of the Philippines for distribution to Philippine Army units during a blessing and turnover ceremony held on January 26, 2015, at the AFP General Headquarters.

Secretary of National Defense Voltaire T. Gazmin joined the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the historic landing on Lingayen Gulf in Pangasinan during a ceremony held on January 9, 2015.

To start the working year, the traditional joint DND-AFP New Year’s Call was held at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club at Camp General Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

The Department of National Defense provided updates on the ongoing Modernization Program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under RA 7898, and amended by RA 10349 which extends the program to another 15 years.

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin led the Mission Completion Ceremony of the contingent from the Republic of Korea Armed Forces deployed in the Philippines to assist in rehabilitation operations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas. The ceremony for the military support contingent was held on December 16, 2014, at Campetic, Palo, Leyte.

Employees of the Department of National Defense participated in the 2014 Walk to End VAW at the Quezon Memorial Circle on November 25, 2014. The activity is part of the yearly 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, from November 25 to December 12, 2014.

President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his keynote address during the 75th anniversary celebration of the Department of National Defense, commended the reforms and achievements of the defense organization under the leadership of Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin.

In a simple ceremony at the AFP GHQ Canopy on November 10, 2014, 14 DNDwide civilian personnel were conferred the 2014 Model supervisors and employees award by Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin.

Defense Undersecretary Eduardo G. Batac (second from right) led the donation by the Philippine Military Class 1968 of a dental chair to the Dental Medicine Unit of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center. Undersecretary Batac was joined by his classmates from the PMA during the turnover held on November 5, 2014.

Following the signing of the Deed of Donation between the Department of National Defense and PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority, a ceremonial time capsule laying for the site of the veterans’ hospital which will be built inside PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental—Special Economic Zone was held on October 11, 2014.

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin graced the 47th Arsenal Day held on October 10, 2014, at Camp Antonio Luna in Limay Bataan.

The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office celebrated its 42nd Anniversary with the theme "42 Taon ng Mahusay na Serbisyo at Tapat na Paglilingkod sa Bayaning Beterano" on October 1, 2014 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The 7th Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights returned home to a heroes’ welcome on October 1, 2014, at the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

In partnership with the Civil Service Commission, the Department of National Defense conferred the 2014 CSC Exemplary Supervisors and Employees to the awardees on September 29, 2014, at the GHQ Canopy in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Dr. Ng Eng Hen (left), Minister for Defense of Singapore, and party were received by Undersecretary for Defense Operations Natalio C. Ecarma III (right) on September 24, 2014, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Minister Ng Eng Hen is in the country for an official visit from September 24 to 26, 2014.

Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin and Coalition Against Corruption Chairman David Balangue exchange copies of the Memorandum of Understanding between the DND and the CAC during the signing ceremony held at Camp Aguinaldo on September 12, 2014.

   The Department of National Defense, in coordination with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, joined the nationwide commemoration of the National Peace Consciousness Month with the theme “Nagkakaisang Bayan Para sa Kapayapaan” in a program held on September 8, 2014, at Camp General Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The Department of National Defense reaffirmed its commitment to the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) during a ceremony held on August 11, 2014, at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Headquarters, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin addresses the participants of this year’s Department of National Defense Sportsfest during the opening ceremony on July 2, 2014, at the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Covered Court, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The 20 x 40-foot Philippine flag is unfurled at the National Heritage Park in Imus City, Cavite, during the ceremony which commemorated the start of the National Flag Days and the 116th Anniversary of the Battle of Alapan. Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin led the unveiling ceremony for the marker on May 28, 2014.

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin (fifth from left), military and police officials, government leaders, and representatives of civic organizations link arms during the signing of the joint resolution declaring Negros Oriental as “Conflict Manageable and Developmentready” province on May 7, 2014, at the Negros Oriental Convention Center, Dumaguete City.

The 30th iteration of the Balikatan exercise formally opened with a ceremony held on May 5, 2014, at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) signed a memorandum of agreement with SMS Global Technologies Inc. (SMSGT) on the donation of Intelligent Operation System and Infrastructure on May 5, 2014, at the Social Hall of the Department of National Defense in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin and American Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg sign the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and the United States on April 28, 2014, at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

President Benigno S. Aquino III led the commemoration of the 2014 Veterans Week with (right to left) Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Emmanuel T. Bautista, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, and Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe during the ceremony for the 72nd Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2014 at Mt. Samat, Pilar, Bataan.

Undersecretary of National Defense Honorio S. Azcueta represents Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin as guest of honor and speaker during the 27th founding anniversary of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) on April 1, 2014, at Camp Servillano Aquino in Tarlac City.

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin and Ms. Karra-Lee Gerrits, Senior Trade Commissioner of the Canadian Embassy, witness the signing of the contract for the acquisition of the combat utility helicopters from the Canadian Commercial Corporation and Bell Corporation. 

Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin joins the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Hon. Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo (second from right), and Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines, Jorge Domecq (extreme right), in unveiling the commemorative marker of the Humanitarian Assistance Emergency Warehouse in Clark, Pampanga during the inauguration ceremony held on March 25, 2014.

The Department of National Defense, in cooperation with the Philippine Commission on Women, celebrated this year’s International Women’s Month in a ceremony held on March 10, 2014, at the AFP General Headquarters Canopy in Camp Aguinaldo. 

DND launches book on Defense and Security.




Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin with    
the recipients of the DND Long Service Award and the November birthday celebrators at the DND Social Hall on November 29, 2013.


  DND Commemorates 74th
  Founding Anniversary




The 2013 DND-Wide Model Supervisors from the DND Proper, the AFP, the Pvao, the NDCP, the GA, the VMMMC, and the OCD conferred with awards during the 74th DND Founding Anniversary held on November 19, 2013.


The 2013 DND-Wide Model Employees from the DND Proper, the AFP, the Pvao, the NDCP, the GA, the VMMMC, and the OCD conferred with awards during the 74th DND Founding Anniversary held on November 19, 2013.


The 2013 DND Proper Best Employees were conferred with awards during the 74th DND Founding Anniversary held on November 19, 2013 at the DND Lobby, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.











 Fourth Round of Negotiations on the
 PH-US Framework Agreement on
 Enhanced Defense Cooperation and
 Rotational Presence

 
  The Philippine Panel of Negotiators
  led by Defense Undersecretary
  Pio Lorenzo F. Batino met with
  their American counterparts led
  by Ambassador Eric John. 


 113th Civil Service Anniversary Flag-
  Raising and Awarding Ceremonies

 
  2013 CSC Exemplary Supervisors
  from the DND Proper, AFP, PVAO,
  OCD, GA, VMMC, and the NDCP.

 
  2013 CSC Exemplary Employees 
  from the DND Proper, AFP, PVAO, 
  OCD, GA, VMMC, and the NDCP.


  Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
  welcomes Mr. Ichita Yamamoto,
  Minister of State, Special Missions
  and Minister-in-Charge of
  Ocean Policy and Territorial
  Issues, Japan.


 Show of Transparency: Meeting with
 the Press, and Submission and Opening
 of Bids for the UH-1 Project.


  Update on the First Round of
  Negotiations for the PH-US Framework
  Agreement on the possibility of
  Increased Rotational Presence,
  August 15, 2013.


  Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
  welcomes General Phung Quang
  Thanh, Defense Minister of Vietnam,  
  during the latter’s visit to the
  Philippines on August 25-27, 2013 as
  official guest of the Department of
  National Defense.


  The Philippine Panel of Negotiators
  meet with their US counterparts during
  the first round of negotiations on the
  PH-US Framework Agreement on
  Increased Rotational Presence held
  Wednesday morning, August 14,
  2013.


  DND Spokesperson Dr. Peter Paul R.
  G. Galvez moderates the open forum
  between the members of the media
  and the Philippine Negotiating Panel
  for the Framework Agreement
  between the Philippines and the
  United States on Increased Rotational
  Presence,  August 12, 2013.


  In honor of the years of invaluable
  service rendered by the retirees, the
  Department of National Defense held a
  fellowship at the DND Social Hall
  Friday, August 2, 2013.


  Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
  and Ambassador Adam Jelonek of
  Poland during the signing ceremony of
  the Memorandum of Understanding
  between the Philippines and Poland on
  July 31, 2013.


  Defense Secretary and concurrent
  National Risk Reduction and
  Management Council (NDRRMC)
  Chairman Voltaire T. Gazmin presents
  The Hall of Fame award to Olongapo
  City Mayor James Gordon, Jr. during
  the 2010 Gawad Kalasag National
  Awarding on January 12, 2011.


 Undersecretary Honorio S. Azcueta
 leads the ceremonial champagne
 pouring during the turnover of the 5
 refurbished Huey helicopters from the
 United States government on January
 10, 2011 at the Philippine Air Force
 headquarters in Villamor Air Base,
 Pasay City.


  Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
  is greeted by soldiers based in Basilan
  when he visited last November 10 to
  check on the welfare and morale of
  the troops. Secretary Gazmin also
  inspected Civil-Military Operations
  ongoing projects in the area.


 Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
 walks along with China’s Ambassador
 to the Philippines Liu Jianchao during    
 the  handover ceremony and blessing  
 of the  P172 million worth of
 engineering equipment held at the GHQ
 Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo,  
 Quezon City On November 11, 2010. 


 Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
 talks to men of the Western Command
 during his visit to Puerto Princesa City,
 Palawan on November 10, 2010.
 Secretary Gazmin also made an aerial
 inspection of the Kalayaan Island
 Group (KIG).


 Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin delivers
 his message during the Department of
 National Defense’s 71st Founding
 Anniversary celebration held in Camp
 General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City
 on November 8, 2010. Secretary
 Gazmin reminded the employees that
 self-discipline is needed in
 professionalism. 


  Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin
  addresses the participants of the
  “Bikers for Peace” on September 26,
  2010. Sec Gazmin stressed that the
  bike ride across Metro Manila
  symbolizes the military’s sincere
  commitment to attain peace in the
  country.