The Philippine government inaugurated the new PHP 63.1 million (USD 1.25 million) hangar facility at the Philippine Army’s Aviation Regiment in Fort Ramon Magsaysay in September 2021. Fort Ramon Magsaysay is about a 3-hour drive north of the country’s capital, Manila. The project was implemented by the Department of National Defense, and the Department of Public Works and Highways under the ‘Tatag ng Imprastruktura para sa Kapayapaan at Seguridad’ (TIKAS) program.
The new Army Aviation hangar will serve as quarterage for the new air assets of the Philippine Army, and will enhance the command’s capabilities in safeguarding its equipment, assets and enable the regiment to conduct aircraft maintenance activities 24/7. The defense standard military hangar is capable of accommodating government aircraft for storage, maintenance, and rapid deployment when needed.
Aside from the new Army Aviation hangar, a PHP 39.2 million (USD 774,000) two-story administration building of the Light Reaction Regiment was also inaugurated – this is expected to improve the working condition of personnel involved in administrative and support operations.
The national government through the Department of Public Works and Highways will continue to support the construction of modern military structures in the country. It plans to also construct another hangar and the new headquarters building of the Army Aviation Regiment. Under the FY 2022 National Expenditure Program, a total of 14 projects have been proposed under the TIKAS program with a total project cost of PHP 210 million (USD 4.1 million).
(Source: Philippine News Agency)