Bill seeking 300% pension hike for Filipino war veterans signed into law
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the bill that increases war veterans’ monthly pension to P20,000.
This is a 300 percent increase in the monthly old-age pension of senior Filipino war veterans of World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars.
The entitlement to the increase in old-age pension shall be limited to the eligible living senior veterans and shall not be transferable to any family members and or dependents of the senior veterans.
The amount for the initial implementation of this act shall be charged against the current year’s available appropriation of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office and for the continued implementation shall be included in the annual general appropriations act. — UNTV News and Rescue
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson extended a ‘lifetime’ gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for approving the pension increase of some 220,000 retired military and uniformed personnel (MUP) in the government.
“On behalf of the 220,000 MUP retirees, let me say a lifetime ‘THANK YOU’ to PRRD for Joint Resolution No 1,” Lacson said on his tweet on Thursday (June 13).
“No other President has shown such concern for those who served and offered their lives for country and people. All we have to do is continue breathing for as long as we can,” the senator added.
Congress Joint Resolution No. 1 signed by the President authorizes an increase in the base pay of MUPs.
On Tuesday (June 11), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) already released the pension requirements of retired MUPs under the Armed Forces of the Philippines-General Headquarters (AFP-GHQ), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Specifically, the DBM released P29.9 billion to the AFP-GHQ; P21.7 billion to the PNP; P1.9 billion to the BFP; and around P731 million to the BJMP.
“Accordingly, the recently released amounts already include the adjustment of the pension of the retired MUPs as indexed to the base pay scale of MUP in the active service covering the period June to December 2019 based on the available funds as certified by the Bureau of the Treasury,” the DBM said.
Senator Lacson and Senator Gringo Honasan co-authored the Senate Joint Resolution which authorizes the increase in the base pay of military and uniformed personnel (MUP) in the government.
It was approved and signed as Congress Joint Resolution No. 01.
by Maris Federez | Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, announced on Tuesday (April 9) that President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a directive for the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) to speed up the processing of monthly pensions of veterans.
Secretary Año represented the President at the 77th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan or the Day of Valor at the Mount Samat National Shrine in Bataan.
Año announced that a P50-million monthly support will be given to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center and the pension increase from P5,000 to P20,000 has been set.
Vice President Leni Robredo addressed some 4,000 people, including surviving war veterans and their relatives, during the commemoration.
President Duterte led the commemoration of the Day of Valor at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters in Barangay Busbus in Jolo, Sulu.
In his speech during the commemoration, the President said that, while the country remembers the gallantry of thousands of Filipino soldiers who defended Bataan in 1942, the administration honors and acknowledges the Filipino soldiers of today for their relentless efforts to fight lawless elements that threaten the country’s security.
“I salute you and give you honor…to the valiant soldiers who were injured or who gave their lives during the recent military operations here in Sulu. Let me assure you that you have — the government [will] continue to prioritize your welfare and that of your families,” the President said.
Last year, the President also failed to attend the rites in Bataan due to a business forum in China. – Maris Federez
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