By U.S. News Agency / Asian
The Philippine Navy (PN) is now gearing towards modernization, according to Rear Admiral Alexander Pama.
Pama was the guest of honor during the Paraw Regatta Festival here over the weekend.
“We really have to improve our industry. By 2020 we will have a navy that a maritime nation can be proud of,” he said, citing the Philippines Navy Modernization Program.
Pama said they are very thankful to President Benigno Aquino III who is pushing for the modernization of the Philippine Navy.
He said they are now strengthening their advocacy to raise public awareness of the maritime industry.
He disclosed that this year, they are looking forward to some 1,000 recruits joining both the navy and the marines.
Recruitment is open for individuals 18-23 years old with at least 72 college units for those who want to become sailors and a bachelor’s degree for officer positions.