The past decade of 1970 was a period of stepped-up and intensified expansion and development in all aspects of an emerging new society.
Proclamation of Martial Law under PD 1081… the Department of National Defense through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was tasked to restore peace and order throughout the country and also to set the pace in the development of socio-economic oriented projects.
More so, to anticipate the termination of Laurel-Langley Agreement in 1978, the government planners conceived the Self-Reliance Development Program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This was a development program designed to absorb the impact of the gradual phasing out of the Assistance Program of the United States Government, which started Fiscal Year 1974 and terminated in 1978.
Today in Philippine History, September 6, 1955, the Laurel-Langley Agreement was approved by both the American and Philippine governments.
The Laurel-Langley treaty was a revised United States-Philippines Trade Agreement replacing the Bell Trade Act, which became unpopular among Filipino nationalists due to provisions which tied the Philippine economy to the U.S. economy.
The treaty took effect on January 1, 1956, expired in 1974.
It abolished the U.S. authority to control the exchange rate of the peso, made parity privileges reciprocal,
Extended the sugar quota,
Extended the time period for the reduction of other quotas and for the progressive application of tariffs on Philippine goods exported to the U.S.
As a result, on 15 January 1973, the Self-Reliance Development Wing (SRDW) was organized pursuant to G.O. No. 207 HPAF dated 08 January 1973 in consonance to P.D. 415 issued by then-President Ferdinand Marcos in anticipation to the termination of Foreign Military Assistance program between the Philippines and the United States.
SRDW was then a separate Unit directly under the command and control of the Commanding General, PAF. Nine (9) Commissioned Officers, three (3) Non-Commissioned Officers, and seven (7) Airmen started manning the PAF Research and Development Unit as established by succeeding revelations, headed by LT COL JOSE G QUIOCHO as acting Wing Commander assisted by MAJOR GEORGE P AQUINO.
The newly organized Unit was tasked by Headquarters, PAF to draft the Table of Organization and Equipment, which would be submitted to the General Headquarters (GHQ), AFP for approval. On 01 February 1973, the proposed organization and manning document including the plant layout and equipment of SRDW was presented to HPAF. The documents were then endorsed to GHQ, AFP but were disapproved.
A request for reconsideration was sent by HPAF to GHQ, AFP reducing the Unit from a Wing Composition to Group Level. On 23 May 1973, this Unit was reorganized and re-designated Self-Reliance Development Group (SRDG) pursuant to GO No. 560 HPAF dated 23 May 1973. Relatedly, on 25 April 1975 Circular No. 24 GHQ AFP delineated the implementation of the Self-Reliance Defense Posture Program (SRDPP) through the establishment of SRDG.
This development had placed SRDG under the operational logistics support/control of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Materiel Development (J-9) while the administrative support control remained under the COMMANDING GENERAL, PAF.
On 02 September 1977 - the SRDG was re-designated as Air Force Research and Development Center (AFRDC).
And on 15 April 1998 - AFRDC was placed under the command of Air Logistics Command (ALC).
Mission and Functions
Mission and Functions
To conduct research and development so as to establish a Self-reliant Air Force and utilize advance technology techniques in support of government programs.
To establish and continuously update the research and development capabilities of the PAF.
Concentrate research and development effort on PAF needs.
Search for substitute Air Force supplies from indigenous materials.
Establish capabilities for prototyping of equipment and weapons to include formulation of standards and specifications for test and evaluation.
Conduct development, modification, alteration and renovation of PAF equipment/ weapons except those which properly belong to maintenance and repair units.
Establish and promote close liaison and cooperation with counterparts in private industries and other government agencies.
Formulate contracts/agreement with private entities on research and development projects utilizing in-country production capabilities.
To establish appropriate exchange programs with local and foreign agencies.
Performs other functions as directed by higher headquarters.
The AFRDC is committed to continual and improve the working environment to all personnel. We have put in place the policy and procedures to deal with operational and environmental issues affecting our R&D endeavor.
The health and safety of our personnel is highly priority. We pride ourselves in achieving low accident and injury tally from the emphasis of instilling safe working practices in accomplishing the Unit mission.
Leadership and Organizational Commitment
Safety is a moral obligation and a Unit responsibility. The Commanding Officer, AFRDC through the Unit Safety Officer, shall ensure the chain-of-command supports the Safety Management System, and shall direct the safety effort and ensure that safety-related documents such as posters, bulletin boards and safety information are available to personnel.
Positive Safety Culture
Safety culture is the way personnel think and do things. The Commanding Officer, through the Unit Safety Officer, shall ensure that safety as a value is part of the belief system, and is integrated in organizational actions and decisions. Safety consciousness and indoctrination of personnel shall be enhanced through safety education and training. As the best practices.
Safety requires the participation and vigilance of personnel at all levels in identifying and resolving hazards and risks. The Commanding Officer through the Unit Safety Officer shall ensure that personnel have the knowledge on Safety Management System, that safety responsibilities are clearly defined and known, and personnel have opportunities to participate in safety.
Mishap and Near Mishap Reporting
The Center must have appropriate emergency response plans in place with adequately trained and equipped personnel to respond to emergencies. The objective of this are to attain adequate response capability, training and preparedness; save/protect lives and equipment through timely, effective response; identify witnesses and preserve evidence for investigation; notify appropriate authorities, and manage impact of mishaps; promptly recover personnel/equipment and restore operations; and determine all organizational deficiencies, local factors, unsafe acts and inadequate or absent defenses. Accident/ Incident Reports and Operational Hazards (OHRs) should also be submitted for corrective actions. Likewise, there is zero tolerance to all personnel who are found Driving under the Influence of Liquor (DUIL). Any personnel who violate the Anti-drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 and found to have a higher blood alcohol level than the prescribed above limits will be penalized under the existing directives, policies and regulations of the command.
The investigation of safety occurrences is an important component of the management of safety. The purpose of this is to determine the organizational and management deficiencies, latent conditions, local conditions, error or violation producing preconditions and other factors that caused the accident with the end in view of preventing recurrence of a similar accident or incident in the future and to reduce the probability of an accident to an acceptable level. Formal Investigation Report should be submitted within 30 days after mishap.
To undertake the systematic program formulation, supervision and implementation of the research and development of aircraft system and allied accessories through the utilization of indigenous materials and in the country production capability.
Researches and develops locally produced materials and manufactured products that can be substituted for use of PAF aircraft.
Researches and develops design for modification, alteration, and renovation of aircraft systems allied accessories.
Performs other functions as directed by the higher Headquarters.
To undertake a systematic program of research, design prototype development; aircraft components, and systems.
Conducts scientific investigation, collects and evaluates technical information, and prepares project studies and proposals.
Prepares technical specification, engineering design, and working drawing of projects undertaken by the AFRDC.
Engages in continuous design and prototype development work so as to attain the desired quality and performance capability of the product.
Keeps a complete record of research and feasibility studies and design and technical reports, and other technical information on projects conducted.
Reviews existing engineering procedures and practices being followed by AFRDC to improve on those that are found obsolete or ineffective.
Formulates new methods of design and other engineering practices in order to maximize the use of available resources, and to obtain the best possible and cost-effective results.
Undertakes special engineering projects.
Conducts required test and inspection and coordinates with other agencies for the appropriate test and inspection not available in the Unit.
Conducts analysis related to functional acceptance and value of the product/items on process.
Plans and administers an aggressive and effective standardization-evaluation program.
Assists in the development of projects performs other functions as may be directed by the Commanding Officer, AFRDC, or Higher Headquarters.
To conduct research and development of various air munitions and explosive ordnance and other items related to aircraft weapons, armament system for the exclusive use of the Philippine Air Force in line with the Self-Reliance Defense Posture (SRDP) program of the Arm Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Develops rockets, missiles, and similar standoff weapons using local technology and materials.
Undertakes the development of bomb and fuses to fill the needs of the ever growing Air Force.
Researches and develops various types of explosive materials that may be needed in the air munitions manufacture in the country.
Conducts explosive ordinance disposal operation during aerial drop test and static blast test of static ordnance prototype.
Conducts rehabilitation of various armament munitions to lengthen its serviceability.
Demilitarizes/Disassembles live rockets, warheads, bomb, fuses, other ammunitions as requested prior to engineering technical design.
Conducts Test and evaluation of explosive ordinance and armaments.
Performs other related duties as Commanding Officer, AFRDC may direct.
To provide technical support and assistance to all AFRDC Unit Projects, undergoing development, fabrication, prototyping, and conversion.
Provides machining and welding works to all AFRDC projects undergoing fabrication and prototyping.
Assists all projects pertaining to heat treatment processed.
Assists on vehicle maintenance undergoing body repair.
Assists all project involving fabrication/repair and re-designing of aluminum, GI sheet metal related to AFRDC project.
Develops and manufacture special tools needed for AFRDC projects.
Performs molding and casting of aluminum needed for AFRDC project.
Performs other tasks as directed by the Higher Headquarters.
Provides assistance on all carpentry related projects of the AFRDC.
Provides/fabricates wooden pattern for molding of various AFRDC projects.
Provides protective coating on all finished products to include painting/repainting and varnishing.
Provides assistance on all composite material projects.
Provide assistance on all upholstery projects of AFRDC.
Performs other task as directed by the Higher Headquarters.