Soldiers and policemen who get wounded in action or while in duty should get full medical assistance from the government, the vice chairman of the House Committee on Public Order and Safety said.
Rep. Scott Davies S. Lanete (3rd District,
said the hazard and combat pay being received by wounded policemen and soldiers
is pittance consider the danger they face in the line of duty.
According to Lanete, the members of the PNP stationed in dangerous zones only receive a hazard pay of PHP240 per month and a combat pay of PHP340 a month while soldiers who are assigned to dangerous areas received a combat of only PHP240 per month.
“Although laws are already in place to provide financial assistance to wounded uniformed men while on duty, these laws are not adequate to help and alleviate their physical, mental, psychological and financial sufferings,” Lanete said.
Lanete filed House Bill 5933 or the proposed “Medical Combat Pay Act,” which provides that the medical assistance shall cover all expenses necessary to the immediate care and recovery of the wounded uniformed men including their post-care and recovery.
All wounded policemen and soldiers shall be entitled to the medical combat pay the moment they are admitted in a hospital or medical clinic.
Likewise, they are entitled to continuing medical assistance until such time a qualified physician declares them fully recovered, both physically and psychologically.