Defense department tightens belt

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THE Department of National Defense (DnD) has donated all its savings and is set to forego with lavish Christmas parties and other unnecessary expenses as part of its austerity measure in deference to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday disclosed that all they have saved for the year and all voluntary contributions from department officials and civilian officials, totalling P2 million were donated to the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the urgent needs of affected and responding soldiers in typhoon-affected areas.

He said the DND has generated P2 million in savings while the department officials contributed P100,000 and another P30,650 from the Association of Civilian Employees of National Defense.

Gazmin, at the same time, also encourage all the defense officials and personnel to continue to share to the typhoon victims whatever they were capable of giving, whether in cash or in kind.


“May I therefore urge you to refrain from indulging in unnecessary expenditures such as engaging in lavish Christmas parties and gifts giving,” he said.

He stressed that, whatever small donations that can be send to the affected residents of the Visayas would go a long way in relieving them from their miseries and sufferings.

According to Gazmin, the DnD would have no Christmas party celebration but instead “we will go on simbang gabi.”

“To my mind, our actions and intentions are in real accord with our bayanihan spirit of helping our countrymen, especially in their most serious moments of extreme needs,” he added.

William B. Depasupil

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