THE Philippine Navy will be recruiting 4,000 new members for the next two years to address personnel deficiency.
Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Gerald Fabic on Wednesday said the Navy hopes to sign in at least 100 candidates for Naval Officer Candidate Course (NOCC) and 1,900 candidates for Basic Seaman Course (BSC) this year and in 2015.
Fabic said the new recruits will fill up the specialized positions in line with the Navy’s capacity and capability upgrade.
He said that a series of mobile recruitments would be conducted in several Navy operational commands—Naval Forces Northern Luzon in La Union, Naval Forces Southern Luzon in Legaspi, Naval Forces Central in Cebu, Naval Forces West in Palawan, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao in Davo and Naval Forces Western Mindanao in Zamboanga.
He added that the Navy recruitment center in Bonifacio Naval Station, Taguig City has already doubled its schedule of examinations to twice every Thursday.
According to Fabic, the 4,000 Navy personnel to be recruited is part of the 20,000 additional soldiers that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will recruit till 2016.
The AFP would need at least P7 billion to P10 billion for the new recruits, which amount would come in part from the military’s existing budget and the balance from the supplemental budget that it would ask from Congress.
“We’re working within our budget and also asking for supplemental budget. I’m not sure about the figures, [but it could be]in the vicinity of P7 [billion]to P10 billion over three years,” AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista earlier said.
Bautista explained that the AFP is catching up with its personnel requirements, which the President noticed has not been increased for a long time.
The AFP’s three major services—the Army, Air Force and Navy—have a combined personnel of 125,000.
Such number, however, has tapered down over the years by retirement of enlisted personnel and officers, who are obliged to retire from the service upon reaching 56 years old.