Friday, August 8, 2014

More benefits for uniformed personnel, vets up at Senate

From InterAksyon (Aug 8): More benefits for uniformed personnel, vets up at Senate

More benefits, including increased subsistence allowances for uniformed personnel and burial allowances for veterans and their dependents, are being considered by the Senate, Senator Teofisto Guingona III said on Friday.

“We are pushing for more substantive benefits for the country’s uniformed officers and enlisted personnel in order to augment their meagre income and give them the dignity and honor they rightfully deserve,” Guingona said.

Senate Joint Resolution No. 2, which Guingona sponsored with Senators Antonio Trillanes IV, Juan Edgardo Angara, Loren Legarda and Cynthia Villar to increase the subsistence allowance of officers and enlisted personnel from P90.00 to P150.00 daily.

Once approved, the benefits will cover officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine National Police Academy cadets and Philippine Coast Guard.

“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,” Guingona said.

He also authored another bill with Trillanes that seeks to increase the burial benefits of veterans and their dependents from P10,000 to P20,000.

“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.

Again with Trillanes, Guingona also authored Senate Bill No. 2269 to revise the AFP modernization program by relaxing the rules on the acquisition of essential military equipment.

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