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Philippine Air Force | Inside the PAF Today

Updated on February 7, 2011

What’s the latest with the PAF today? The Philippine Air Force, a.k.a. Hukbong Himpapawid ng Pilipinas used to be the greatest air power in Asia especially during the Marcos years. As time flew to years, the used to be strong air force was left behind by the other neighbor countries. Anyway, let’s soar about the Philippine Air Force history, news, planes, ranks, modernization and further…

Philippine Air Force
Philippine Air Force

Brief history: Looking back at PAF, the Philippine Army Air Corps (PAAC) pioneered the birth of the Philippine Air Force as a separate military service and unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. PAF came into its own under the great leadership and motivation of Maj. Pelagio Cruz and it was two months ahead of the birth of the US Air Force. It was officially became independent under the Executive Order No. 94 on July 1, 1947 under the presidency of Manuel Roxas. The first commanding general of the PAF was Lt. Gen. Pelagio Cruz. From past to present, the air force had thirty commanding chiefs excluding the current general. At present, the 31st commanding general of the Philippine Air Force is Lieutenant General Oscar H. Rabena who was chosen under Arroyo’s regime. The current president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino has stated the current air force chief to stay under his governance. All in all, the air force of the country had a major influence from the United States Air Force and army.

Motto: “The First Force” The PAF motto is short but meaningful. Wonder why it’s “First Force?”

The Philippine Air Force Bases: PAF has currently the following air bases in the country. If you wanna know any PAF base, they are:

  • Clark Air Base - Air Logistics Command, 710th Special Operations Wing (located at DMIA complex, at Clark Zone Angeles, Pampanga)
  • Basa Air Base - Air Defense Wing (located at Floridablanca, Pampanga)
  • Villamor Air Base - Main Headquarters, 250th Presidential Airlift Wing (located at Pasay City)
  • Danilo Atienza Air Base - 15th Strike Wing (at Cavite City)
  • Basilio Fernando Air Base - Air Force Research and Development Center (Lipa City, Batangas)
  • Antonio Bautista Air Base - 570th Compostie Tactical Wing (at Palawan)
  • Benito Ebuen Air Base - 220th Airlift Wing (at Cebu City)
  • Edwin Andrews Air Base - 530th Composite Tactical Wing (at Zamboanga City)
  • Rajah Buayan Air Base – located at Gen. Santos City, Cotabato
  • Lumbia Airport – located at Cagayan de Oro City
  • Wallace Air Station – 580th Control and Warning Wing

Philippine Air Force Modernization

The Philippine Air Force modernization has been set up for quite some time now and it seems it is still in a float in the air. It has been rushed and after a change of commands and government, seems it remains overdue and unaccomplished. The plans are still in study and they are stunning plans though. Before acquiring anything, it requires a huge budget. And it's gonna be in millions or billions of pesos perhaps? The present modernization plans and proposals can’t be made possible without the support and approval of the commander in chief of our dear country. I wonder what President Noynoy would do with this…and I also have that what if question…and thought about what would Gibo Teodoro would do with this. Because he could fly a plane and was a secretary of the national defense. Air Force is really in his line. *Now this reminds me of Air Force One the movie* The Philippine air force modernization I hope though must show positive results this year. So the air force could strengthen their wings and boost the country’s air power and territorial defense. It’s 2011 for helicopter’s sake. Let’s not wait another year.

Philippine Air Force Planes

The Philippine air force really needs new and modern aircraft and planes. Obviously, acquiring new aircraft is a major part of the air force modernization plans. If you wanna know the air force’s planes, you can view them in the video I’ve uploaded in this hub. I hope they could acquire more new fighter jets and amazing modern aircraft. More PAF planes please.

Philippine Air Force Ranks

I’ve included the complete list of PAF ranks in this special hub for those who like to know the ranks from the highest to lowest. You’ll love this if you’re dreaming to join the air force or simply just curious.

The Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum

The Philippine air force museum is has been relocated and is now known as PAF Aerospace Museum. It’s located at Villamor Air Base near the NAIA airport terminal 3. It’s cool to visit because the facility looks new and fresh. I’ve been here last month and it was an amazing tour.

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      leah 4 years ago

      good day sir/mam, tanung ko lng po kelan next sched exam paf dito la union area dis year? tnx po.

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      bryle ylaya 4 years ago

      can i ask kung kailan yung entrance exmination for 2013 in cebu airbase lang po?

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      yam 4 years ago

      ask ko lang po if kelan ipopost yung result ng exam nung dec.1 2012?

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      noel 4 years ago

      sir san po exam sa baguio,san po bnda sa baguio..examination ng PAF,,november 24 2012

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      karl 4 years ago

      AETC, Fernando Air Base, Lipa City, Batangas 24 November 2012

      TOG 1, Loakan Airport, Baguio City 24 November 2012

      580th ACWG, San Fernando, La Union 24 November 2012

      600th ABW, Clark Air Base, Pampanga 28 November 2012

      TOG 2, Cauayan Airport, Cauayan, Isabela 28 November 2012

      TOG 5, Legazpi City 28 November 2012

      570th CTW, Antonio Bautista Air Base, PPC, Palawan 01 December 2012

      PAFPMC, Col Jesus Villamor Air Base. Pasay City 04 December 2012

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      Elbert Milliam 4 years ago

      Good morning po Mam/Sir, kelan po ba exam dito sa palawan? Gusto ko lang po mag exam thanks po. Ito po contact no. ko: 0912-495-3743/0935-972-4101.

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      Justin Bryan Jabines Beriña 5 years ago

      Good afternoon po Maam Sir pwede po ba malaman kung may schedule na po ba ngayon ng EXAMINATION this year 2012?????

      Here po just add me on my f.b account at darkenbryan@yahoo.com or you can txt or call me anytime to this number 09108443978 , 09464607740, or 09104834051!11

      In advance Thank you po! september 20, 2012

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      ronie p conor 5 years ago

      sir kelan po ulit mag continues hiring i want to apply e2 # ko po 09463447376

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      steve rosaldo 5 years ago

      gud eve po..mgtatanong lang po kung my exam pa po ba ngayong taon na ito sa HPAF,villamor airbase...thank you po... Ito po contact no. ko...09461620954

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      purajohnrobert@gmail.com 5 years ago

      sir/maam

      i am interested to join PAF po..kaso di ko po alam kung paano po..matanong ko lang po kung pwede ang rotc/army.?.yun po kasi humahawak sa school namin.. thank you po.. GOD BLESS PO and more powers to PAF..

      cotact no. ko po :09161640438

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      zahra 5 years ago

      sir/maam good day!

      ask q lng po..kung when ang examination for PAF in zambo. city..interested po ako to be PAF,nursing grad po aq last april 2012 kaso im turning 25 this nov. do i stil have a chance to join in PAF?ito po contact number q 09486923697/09162974774..thank u poh.

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      bell 5 years ago

      sir/ma'am.. my 2nd batch po ba ngayong 2012 exam sa airfore? at kelan po? here is my contact # 09266092565 zamboanga city

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      ricky 5 years ago

      san b pwede mag inquire,gus2 ko sana pumasok sa reserve airforce,im now 34 yrs old

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      HAROLD 5 years ago

      . ask ko lng po kung kailan ang exam for PAFROPP dito s zamboanga city ?

      salamat

      09091299048

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      remilda yago 5 years ago

      sir/madam:

      from davao city po ako. ask ko lng po kung kailan ang exam for PAFROPP dito s davao? pakitext nmn po aq para mhanda ko po requirements. ito po contact ko #09076787861.

      maraming slamat po. sana mkareply po kayo.

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      john lloyd jacinto 5 years ago

      sir/mam

      kelan po ba ang exact date ng exam dito sa nueva vizcaya..

      gusto ko pong maging member ng PAF txt nio po qoh sa 09068621700

      tnx poh..

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      sonny olivar 5 years ago

      sir/maam kelan poh b ang exact date ng exam nagung 2012,,,from marikina

      gustung gustu ko po kasing member ng PAF txt nyu po q s 09094720059 tnx po.

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      marco lucero 5 years ago

      kelan po examination ng air force here at villiamor pasay this month of june ...

      thank you

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      bobav 5 years ago

      I hope that our PAF will acquire newer jetfighters kahit pa 10years old basta meron tayong panlaban sa mga Chinese intruders. Hindi bale, bumagsak lahat against chinese jets basta di tayo matatalo nang di lumalaban.

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      rizz 5 years ago

      sir/mam kelan po exam dz 2012 s baguio? e2 po eadd m_rizz@ymail.com,tenk u po

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      lorlie 5 years ago

      hello po. pwede po bang malaman if kailan po yong examination ngayon may?? taga dau mabalacat po ako

      maraming salamat po..

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      mark 5 years ago

      good day! hello po, im mark from tarlac ask ko lng po kung kelan ang exam ng paf..kindly email me at mau_tnhs@yahoo.com or txt me at this number, 09462577226. Thanks. God Bless!

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      mark from tarlac 5 years ago

      Sir/Madam:

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      Mr. Arnel N. Asne 5 years ago

      Mam/Sir, i love PAF...

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      Pvt. Villapania 5 years ago

      Mam/Sir kailan po ba examination date ng PAF 2012 sa lipa Batnggas?eto po number ko 09079212907

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      Arnel Aldave of Zamboanga city 5 years ago

      G'am Sir/madam

      pwede ko bang malaman kung kelan ang exam ng philippine air force this 2012 dito sa zamboanga city?

      please reply my msg.

      thanks you.

      antayin ko po yung reply nyo. +639056989552

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      from Lj of batangas 5 years ago

      SIr/Mam:

      kaylan po ang examination dito sa airbase lipa batmgas po? dusto ko po maging airforce. tagal ko na po ito pinapangarap,kaya lang sa kadahilanan nagkasakit ang aking ama he need me. but now ok n po lahat.pwd p po ba ako magtake ng exam? i am a graduate of associate in computer technology 2yrs.course,in 5`6 height,single.paano po yun pwd p po ba ako magtake ng exam i am 24yr old ka24 ko lng po last feb`17,1988.sana po bigyan nyo po ako ng chance na makamit ito. please kahit na po magtraining ako ng 6months above makamit ko lng po ito at maging isang member of airforce of tge philippine,ihope you understand thanks po. pakitext nalang po ako kung kailan ang exam at sa application na rin po.ingat!

      09275561124

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      emjay 5 years ago

      im really interested to take pafropp exam however i don't have any idea which regards of the schedule... apparently i was looking for that through net but i wasn't able to find the exact date... im a criminology grad... currently working as customer care specialist which is definitely not in line with my degree... im a graduate as well of rotc coqc (advance).. thanks...

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      jen 5 years ago

      any info. for schedule for filing and exam for 2012?

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      reynald fruto sangalang 5 years ago

      sir/maam: goodnoon, ask lng po ako kng kailan poh ipalabas ang resulta ng exam kasi mag mayo na, wala pa rin kami nakuhang resulta sa binigay niyo na website..pls follow up naman po. tnx....in sasa,davao city,..

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      rein 5 years ago

      hello po, tanong ko lang po schedule ng exam this 2012 dito po sa baguio city.. thank you po. :)

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      als2 5 years ago

      sir,

      kailan po yung exam this 2012 sa tog 10, cagayan de oro city? pwede paki txt yung date!!! salamat!

      eto po number ko: +639279340191

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      als 5 years ago

      Hi!

      can you post the date of examination for enlisted personnel and for pafropp for 2012 with their designated areas... please... because i want to join the Philippine air force.

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      jack 5 years ago

      sana makabili tayo ng f-16c/d multirole jet fighter. magagamit naman natin yun as ground support sa mindanao and air patrol lalo na sa disputed island sa spratly. yun na kasis ang pinaka mura na multirole jet fighter price is $18-19M compared to f-18 and JAS 39 Gripen $40M up ang halaga. sana makabili tayo ng 10 units.

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      mae 5 years ago

      sir/ma'am

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      roan david 5 years ago

      sir/ma'am, kylan po yung exam this 2012 sa villamor airbase pasay? for cs. thanks!

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      eric jopida 5 years ago

      i undergrad. of bs nursing i have one subject lft. but i dont want to pursue my career in nursing anymore. i want to join in paf.pwde ba kung mag join khit under grad gusto ko kcng mging airforce this is my dream since when i was a kid thanks..

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      RHEA ADEA 5 years ago

      Good am.pwede po ba kahit 26 years old na.may age waiver po ba?thanks.I really want to join PAF

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      yhen 5 years ago

      I would to ask if when yung examination this year? thank you.

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      Gecel valero 5 years ago

      Sir. gusto k pong malaman kong kylan uli ang entrance exam ngyung 2012? myron po ba dito sa gensan? tga dito po kac ako sa koronadal.

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      Michelle Ann Marie 5 years ago

      Hi! I kept on visiting the web for a new set of schedule for the exam this 2012, unfortunately, I wasn't able to open it. Could you please help me to know the schedule?

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      Edhmond L. Balicong 5 years ago

      ma'am,sir- meron n poh bha ung resulta ng exam sa air force last december 9 s baguio

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      CHOLO 5 years ago

      BILI NALANG ANG PINAS NG CH-53 IF GUSTO NG AIRFORCE NG UTILITY COMBAT HELECOPTER,MAS MALAKI PA KASI ANG CH-53KAY SA BINILI NG PINAS NGAYUN NA SOKOL NA GALING POLAND,COBRA ATTACK HELECOPTER NALANG ANG BILHIN NG PINAS SA POLAND, ALA KASING ATTACK HELECOPTER ANG PINAS PURO UTILITY COMBAT HELECOPTER LANG..

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      gripen 5 years ago

      I think the PAF should purchase 2nd hand F-16s from the USAF inventory and should negotiate for the purchase of modernized versions of F-5s from Singapore as they are at par with early versions of the f-16 with modern armament

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      bodx7812 5 years ago

      i recommend PAF to purchase F15 EAGLE,F16 FIGHTING FALCON F18 HORNET..speaking of air superiority this plane is tested for several years and it can perform any hostile mission and it can defend our airspace anytime.....

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      frelyn 5 years ago

      kailan po ba mpost ang result sa airforce exam?

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      mary ann fernandez 5 years ago

      kailan po ba ung result sa airforc eexam??

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      franklin a dimacutac 5 years ago

      kelan po olet ang exam ng airforce paki email namn po ako tnx po

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      James Angelo A. Eliponga 5 years ago

      wala naman pong nakapost na result sa site nio.san po ba makikita?

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      jeff 5 years ago

      sir good day,

      sir im uadt reserve now in cebu.. sir i would like to ask na pwede rin ba kaming sumali if merong sports fest sa afp? like tennis? or etc?

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      ernesto s. saldo jr 5 years ago

      sir/ma'am,saan ko poh mkikita ang result ng air force, last dec. 8 2011,,,,,

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      MS. Dan 5 years ago

      good day! how would i find the passers of PAF examination last december 5 2011? it is very hard to find it in your address. please help me do so. thank you much!

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      5 years ago

      THE PRES. SHOULD REALLY CONSIDER THE F-16 OR THE MIRAGE 2000

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      michael john b. britanico 5 years ago

      heto din po e-mail account ko po..princmichael@yahoo.com

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      michael john b. britanico 5 years ago

      sir nagexam din ako..pwede ko po mlaman kung my result na..nasnatch kasi phone ko pati cimcard..heto new no. ko pkicontact nlang po if ever my result na po. #q po 09484206125

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      hilario quiniano 5 years ago

      kelan po ba exam sa airforce sa villamor airbase pasay?

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      MAE 5 years ago

      SIR, BKT PO MAY NA SLASH NA NEM? ANO PO MGA FACTORS NA MA.SLASH YONG NAME SA RESULT?

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      ken 5 years ago

      my result na d2 sa zambo,my na received akong text mula sa knila,so pag punta ko dun andun name ko,sana mkapasa sa physical. ok lng ba if my anak ka pero di pa kasal?

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      cgpaf 5 years ago

      matagal ng may result mga sir, baka this week maipost na sa http://www.paf.mil.ph/ sa mga nag-exam baka isa ang name nyo sa mga na slash sa list, kaya goodluck.

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      nikkk 5 years ago

      bat hndi pinopost ang result sa internet? bias na ba ngayon ang airforce?

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      zaldy sabelao 5 years ago

      kailan po aplication d2 sa pasay?

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      eerv 5 years ago

      kelan po b epost ang result ng paf nung december 9 2011 held in cauayan isabela air base?

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      barrientos 5 years ago

      anong site po pwdng tingnan ang mga nkapasa s exam ng afp dec.2011 batch?tanx po gbu

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      castillo, 5 years ago

      san site po maki2ta ang result ng exam tnx godbless

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      bebs 5 years ago

      sir kailan po ba ipost ang result ng 2011 examination sa zamboanga city?

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      bemz 5 years ago

      sir sana"po mapost na ang result ng exam noong dec 8-9 2011 sa zamboanga city'''! Kc matagal n kami naghhintay"kailan kaya ang result?

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      Jr Suelan 5 years ago

      Sir kailan poh ba ang Exam nang PAF? year 2012 poh salamat poh sa zamboanga city poh kasi ako sir...thanks

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      LOVE BEARIS 5 years ago

      wala pa po ba result nong exam last dec. 14 2011...

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      Bernadette C. manalo 5 years ago

      wala pa po ba hangat ngaun ang result? matagal man po ang result,,,,tnx po god bless,,

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      narutz 5 years ago

      sir/ma'am

      ask ko lng po san po b mkikita ung result nung ng exam noong dec 12 2011 s villmor airbase hnd ko po kc mkita tnx po

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      angelo calimag 5 years ago

      sir bernardo...wala poh ba email na ipapadala para mlaman resulta ng exam dito tuguegarao december 03,2011 po

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      guest 5 years ago

      Dear Maam and Sir,

      Ask q lng poh if my result n poh ung nagexam noong last dec.14 2011 sa paf cs sa villamor airbase kc hnd poh nmen mkita if anu ung result till now.Pls help poh para mlaman poh nmen if nkapasa poh aq salamat poh...

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      Bulok 5 years ago

      Sabi ng friend ko tga villamor my result na daw kaso di pa pinopost dahil daming pinapasok na di nkapasa my padrino system kac sa loob ng A1! Kaya ganito ang pilipinas eh! Walang asenso!

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      em 20 davao 5 years ago

      kung pwd po sana etxt nyo aku kapag may schedule na for 2012 PAF exam ..

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      jr 5 years ago

      kaylan po next exam for PAF this 2012 reply lng po kung cnu po nkaka alam?

      thanks!

      09392765774

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      marvin 5 years ago

      sna e post na ang result ng paf exam last dec. 08, many tkers from davao city look 4ward 4 that.

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      jonh mike Taguinod 5 years ago

      gud morning.... nais ko sanang malaman kung kelan nyo ifill ang result ng exam ng philippine air force last december 4 2011 dto s tuguegarao city... umaasa po ako at mga ksma q na ngtake... etow po contak number q 09261735449 kung skaling merun na po... God bless... tnx a lot

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      CHANLEE 5 years ago

      SIR KLAN PO BA MAKIKITA YUNG RESULT LAST DEC 12 2011

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      emjay 5 years ago

      greetings of peace..

      i really wanted to take the exam for the pafropp but then i dont have any information which regards to the schedule of the examination for this year (2012)..can you please give a heads up which regards to this...thanks thanks...

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      mitch 5 years ago

      maam, d ko mahanap ang result,

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      Aljhoren Abdulla 5 years ago

      Hi sir/ maam have a nice day when po yung result ng paf exam last dec 9 sa EAAB z.c. thank you po ... ito po new num ko kasi nawala cp ko last dec 28 thank you po ... 09156850371

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      jak 5 years ago

      hahaha

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      chiqks 5 years ago

      kelan po makikita ang list of passers nung dec 12,2011 exam for PAFROPP and CS here sa puerto princesa city palawan.. sabe kc 1st wek ng jan. til now po kci wala pdin eh.. reply po kau thanks!

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      arnel 5 years ago

      kaylan po ba ang release ng result ng exam sa pafropp nung dec 12 sa villamor air base

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      jilin 5 years ago

      gud pm.. wen poh ba tlga ipopost result sa net??

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      joy ann 5 years ago

      kelan po ung result ng exam nung dec.4,2011 s 580th wallace air station?

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      CY 5 years ago

      DECEMBER 5 RESULT PLS.....

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      dashboard 5 years ago

      may result na po ba yung exam last december?

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      nikkomartinez 5 years ago

      kailan po next exam for PAF this 2012 reply lng po kung cnu po nkaka alam..

      nikkomartinez1990@gmail.com

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      nikko 5 years ago

      WHEN will be the next Recruitment exam for the philippine airforce im very interested to join... hope for your immediate reply thanks so that i can prepare my requirements..thanks

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      anna 5 years ago

      kailan po next exam sa PAF ngaun, 2012 dito sa cavite? paki email nga din po ako kung sinong nakaka alam.. tnx

      aangihan@yahoo.com

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      jr lito 5 years ago

      kaylan po yun exam sa PAF ngayun 2012 dito sa pasay?

      reply nalang po kayo kung sino nakakaalam :))) thanks!

      jay_carl@ymail.com

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      liban mel 5 years ago

      gud pm po sir maam asked ko lang po kung may result na ang entrance exam na PAF held at loakan airport,Baguoi cty last december 9 , pls. reply sa email ko Leebanm@yahoo.com salmat po

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      gerald from pampanga 5 years ago

      sir.mam /gusto ku sanang mag airforce kaso 24 nku nung oct.19 2011 gusto ku sanang kumuya ng age waver.

      . pano b kumuha. dapat poh e extend nin u ung age limit para maraming makapag apply.. maraing salamat poh. .

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      marry jane pangan 5 years ago

      sir kilan ang result ng exam nung dec. 15 2011?

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      ricky 5 years ago

      sir when is the result be post last December 09, 2011 exam..... rply

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      kenneth Agustin 5 years ago

      sir gud evenin ask kuh lng puh kng kelan po ippost d2 sa google ung mga passers po ng exam last dec 14 2011?? tnx u sir!

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      marcjon m.bengcang 5 years ago

      GUDMORNING,SIR kailan ang result lalabas yung resulta ng exam nung dec.14 2011....thank you SIR

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      carmi 5 years ago

      kelan po exam sa paf 2012

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      hilario quiniano 5 years ago

      good day sir..ask ku lng po kung kelan ang lalabas ang result d2 sa legazpi,sbi po kc dec. 28 hangang 1st week of jan. mkikita npo..di ko po kc mahanap..tnx po..more power..