MANILA, Philippines - Three newly refurbished air assets and 12 M-35 trucks were formally turned over to the Philippine Air Force, in a simple ceremony and blessing at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.
The three aircraft includes one C-130 cargo plane, one Huey helicopter and one Cessna weather plane.
According to Air Force spokesman Col. Miguel Okol, this is the first locally maintained air assets in the country and is part of the P579.4 million in country C-130 Depot Maintenance Capability project using available manpower and resources.
Vice commander Major Gen. Raul Dimatatac said that the Air Force was able to save P55 million with the project.
At present the Air Force now has three C-130 cargo planes which are considered the workhorse of the air fleet especially during times of disasters.
Okol also said that the newly commissioned C-130 plane is scheduled to fly to Davao this afternoon to bring relief goods to typhoon victims.
While the 12 newly refurbished M-35 trucks acquired by the Air Force from the US government is scheduled for distribution for the various air force units.