To have a centralized system that will provide medical services for both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is what President Rodrigo R. Duterte envisions for the country’s uniformed services.
“I’m quite not comfortable with the arrangement now that ang Army, kung magpunta sa Air Force at doon magpa-ano, magbayad pa. And the Air Force in the field, it’s the expense of the Army, for whatever reason for any event, magbayad na naman, you have to pay inter-branch,” the President stated in his speech before the Philippine Air Force (PAF) during the 48th Anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing.
“I’d like just to give you one service command para sa lahat. It would expedite matters and centralize everything,” he disclosed, saying he intends to undertake this plan and achieve it under his term.
The President proposed that this centralized system should cover the entire government troops belonging to the AFP and PNP.
“Pati na pulis. Kasi kawawa naman sila kung i-separate mo. Then we can have an improved V. Luna Hospital also. I will try to give you the things that you need,” he told the airmen of the PAF.
At the same time, PRRD is now in the process of approving an extension of the pilots’ quarters even if the government has very limited budget.
“Wala masyado akong pera ngayon. But I am approving the extension of the pilots’ quarters. It’s about two million plus. I’m giving it to you right away,” he said,
He also wants to continue to pursue the modernization program of the military which was started by the past administrations.
"I am committed to your modernization. And you will get it, during my time, kasi ‘yung timeline na ipinakita sa amin is within the timeline of my presidency,” he said.