MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) – A proposed joint resolution increasing the subsistence allowance of all officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other uniformed personnel from Php90 to Php150 per day has been filed in the Senate.
Filed by Philippine Navy officer-turned-Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and sponsored by Senators Teofisto Guingona III, Juan Edgardo Angara, Loren Legarda and Cynthia Villar, the Senate Joint Resolution No. 2 will also cover officers and enlisted personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Cadets and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
Guingona said the benefits aim to augment the meager income of the country’s uniformed officers and enlisted personnel and give them the dignity and honor they rightfully deserve.
“This measure will not only give them honor and recognition for the hard work and sacrifices they make daily to secure peace, to protect the country’s territorial integrity and to defend our sovereignty, but it is also one way of professionalizing these institutions that are integral to the nation,” he said.
Guingona also authored a bill with Trillanes under Committee Report No. 57 that seeks to increase the burial benefits of veterans and their dependents from Php10,000 to Php20,000.
“Our veterans have served this country well. It is high time to increase the benefits due them. It is one way of honoring our veterans and their valuable contribution to our nation’s democracy,” Guingona said.
He also co-authored Senate Bill No. 2269 with Trillanes, revising the “AFP Modernization Program” to relax the rule on the acquisition of essential military equipment, which would redound positively in terms of AFP’s efficiency to respond to threats.
The three measures, Guingona said, “are meant to boost the morale and provide better benefits to our uniformed personnel.” (MNS)