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BCDA turns over P1.66B modern facilities to Army

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has finished the construction of modern facilities for the Army Support Command (ASCOM) of the Philippine Army (PA) as part of efforts to relocate the army unit’s headquarters to a 29.8-hectare property in Camp Servillano Aquino in Tarlac province.

During a ceremonial turnover event, BCDA Chair Delfin Lorenzana formally handed over to PA Chief-of-Staff Major Gen. Jose Ariel Niembra and ASCOM Commander Major Gen. Glenn Cruz the 21 completed facilities covered by the civil works contract amounting to P1.66 billion.

The event was conducted eight months following the partial turnover of 15 facilities in March.

“The swift construction of these facilities is a testament to the BCDA’s commitment to deliver its mandate of contributing to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) modernization program,” Lorenzana said.

“Here in BCDA, we strive not only to replicate existing military facilities, but to improve them, in line with the vision of having a world-class Armed Forces by 2028,” he said.

“We are confident that these new, modern facilities will pave the way for a reliable and strategically located logistics hub that will efficiently deliver the demands of Army units in the field. May this make our brave soldiers feel more empowered and secure as they perform their duties,” he added.

The development plan for ASCOM facilities involves the construction of 44 structures within a 29.8-hectare lot in Camp Aquino. The construction commenced in 2021 following its groundbreaking in February of the same year.

Among the newly completed structures are the headquarters of the 1st Transportation Battalion, the 1st Logistics Support Group, the 1st Maintenance Battalion, and the 1st Supply Battalion.

The camp also houses transportation and maintenance repair bays, a wellness center, classrooms, student mess halls, barracks and quarters for officers and students, and warehouses.