Go local on firearms, military equipment
“This is another kind of pivot we need. To tap our domestic industries for the equipment needs of our policemen and soldiers,” Recto said in a statement.
“Hindi naman pwede na mula helmet hanggang boots imported. If some of the things can be made locally and the products are of the same price and quality as the ones bought abroad, then let us manufacture them here,” Recto said.
Recto cited the existence of a vibrant local firearms industry which has been exporting its products for many decades now.
“What is Made in Marikina is as good as what is Made in America,” Recto said, referring to one local gun manufacturing complex in Marikina.
He said the country’s car manufacturing industry can supply military and police vehicles, while the province of Cebu can build coastal patrol ships.
Though many equipment, like planes, can only be bought abroad, Recto said those which can be built here should be given preference.
Recto explained that by buying local, government will be creating local jobs and giving the manufacturing sector a much-needed boost.