MANILA, Philippines – The Senate targets to pass the proposed increase in monthly take-home pay of military and other uniformed personnel before the session breaks in December.
Based on the proposed joint resolution of Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III, beginning January 1, 2018, the base pay of personnel under the Department of National Defense (DND), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and National Mapping and Resource Information will be doubled.
This means that the lowest ranking soldier which is private; Officer 1 in BJMP and BFP; and PO1 in the PNP who receive P14 to P15,000 will soon receive a base pay amounting to P29,668.
This will be a big help especially to the soldiers.
“This is a reflection of how people represented by Senators appreciate the efforts of the AFP, especially in the performance of our duty..,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero said.
According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, the proposed joint resolution may likely be approved before the holiday break this December.
Also according to the senator, there is enough budgets particularly from last year’s under spending to fund the salary hike.
The senator also wants to include the retirees in to benefit from the proposed increase.
“Ang tanong lang is, willing ba ang Malacañang to include the retired sector? Kasi sinasabi na ang mga widows ng nag-retire many years ago, ang pension nila applicable 20 years ago,” Lacson said.
(The question is, would Malacañang be willing to include the retired sector? Because the widows of retirees from many years ago say their pension is applicable 20 years ago.)
Lacson seeks to increase the pension of retired personnel from 20 to 50%. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue