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Since its inception, the API’s evolution has been full of challenges and opportunities. The Institute traces its roots from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Law, which laid down the groundwork for Doctrine Manuals Development for the entire AFP. As an off-shoot of the modernization law, the Institute’s importance in setting the direction pertaining to doctrine development in the PAF was given more emphasis.


In 1995, Republic Act 7898, otherwise known as the AFP Modernization Law, was enacted with five components, namely:  Organizational Development, Materiel & Technology Development, Bases Development, Human Resources Development and Doctrines Development. Doctrine Development is the fifth component that is the fundamental basis for the four other component areas.


Since then, doctrines development has been a catchphrase in the AFP. The modernization law speaks of formulating realistic and integrated approaches for the generation, evaluation, consolidation, and formalization of doctrines. It also sets the tasks in the conduct of periodic review of promulgated doctrines through the conduct of field application, testing and exercises. Further, it lays down the guidelines on how these doctrines shall be disseminated within the military hierarchy.


With the doctrine development thrust, there have been so many efforts to move forward but they were not fully carried out as intended. During the AFP Day celebration on 21 Dec 2001, no less than the Commander-In-Chief of the AFP, Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo emphasized the crucial points in doctrines development, thus strengthening the program.


Despite the set structures and goals, there is still a need to redefine and reinvigorate the strategies of the AFP pertaining to doctrine development. There is a mandate to push it in conformity with the given process. Basically, it needs updating, revision and formulation based on its own experiences, capabilities, resources and limitations and other factors in its operating environment such as theories and technology. The AFP, thus, assigned the responsibility of doctrine development to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Training, J8.


Doctrines development was initially ascribed to the PAF Office of Special Studies (OSS). The Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (AC of AS) for Education and Training, OA-8, however, retained the function of representing the PAF in General Headquarters (GHQ) meetings regarding doctrines development and requirements of the modernization program. For the Philippine Air Force (PAF), the quest for doctrines development was guided with the Headquarters PAF (HPAF) Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) Nr 06 dated 30 September 2009 (Administration of PAF Doctrine Development).


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