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Bayani Fernando's MMDA now an Army reserve unit

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has appointed the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) as a reserve unit of the Philippine Army.

In a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed recently by Army Reserve commander Brig. Gen. Danilo Garcia — representing Chief Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit — and MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, the MMDA is tasked to ensure the continuous and uninterrupted operations of water, light, transportation and communication for the AFP, especially in times of war and emergency.

This is to ensure that the AFP can carry out their national defense plans without any disruptions. Under the MOA, the MMDA will also help in strengthening the operations of the AFP by committing its manpower and assets to the Armed Forces during times of disaster, emergency and calamity.

On the other hand, the AFP will conduct pre-military training on MMDA personnel to aid their organization in thwarting raids, sabotages and enemy attacks. The AFP will also provide logistic support to the MMDA during emergencies and screen MMDA personnel for qualified applicants to the Reserve Force.

To complete the alliance between the Philippine Army and MMDA, the signed MOA will be certified by Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. - By Vernadette Joven (Philstar News Service, www.philstar. com)

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