SPONSORSHIP SPEECH of SENATOR ANTONIO “SONNY” F. TRILLANES IV RE: Senate Joint Resolution No. 2
S. JT. RESO. NO. 2
(21 OCTOBER 2013)
INCREASING THE SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE OF ALL OFFICERS, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, CANDIDATE SOLDIERS, PROBATIONARY SECOND LIEUTENANTS, CADETS AND CIVILIAN ACTIVE AUXILIARIES (CAA) OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES (AFP) AND OF ALL COMMISSIONED AND NON-COMMISSIONED PERSONNEL OF THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE (PNP), BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION (BFP), BUREAU OF JAIL MANAGEMENT AND PENOLOGY (BJMP) AND PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE ACADEMY (PNPA) CADETS FROM NINETY PESOS (P90.00) TO ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY PESOS (P150.00) PER DAY EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2014
Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies & Gentlemen:
Your Committee on National Defense and Security, together with the Committees on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs; and Finance, has the honor to sponsor Senate Joint Resolution No. 2, entitled “Joint Resolution increasing the subsistence allowance of all officers, enlisted personnel, candidate soldiers, probationary second lieutenants, cadets and civilian active auxiliaries of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and of all commissioned and non-commissioned personnel of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine National Police Academy cadets from Ninety Pesos to One Hundred Fifty Pesos,” under Committee Report No. 4, with this representation, Senators Sonny Angara and Loren Legarda as authors.
Mr. President, our Constitution recognizes the vital role of the military and the uniformed personnel of the Department of Interior and Local Government in protecting the people and the State, including members of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and cadets of the Philippine National Police Academy cadets in maintaining peace and order in the country.
However, despite of their vital, indispensible and invaluable contribution to the country, they remain among the lowest paid public servants – they receive measly salaries, inadequate allowances and insufficient benefits.
In fact, Mr. President, members of the uniformed services, are currently receiving a measly Subsistence Allowance of P90 (ninety pesos) per day, which is very low by any standard. Needless to state, Mr. President, the same is clearly inadequate for the purpose it is intended.
In order to illustrate, let me to relate to you a story that I know to be true, having been a former soldier myself. Soldiers, policemen and other uniformed personnel are normally assigned to distant places, far away from home and their families. They usually leave their ATM cards with their families. Their salaries and other benefits go directly into said ATM cards; and it is this 90-peso (ninety-peso) subsistence allowance that is left to the soldier, policeman or uniformed personnel to pay for his or her daily subsistence or sustenance. In short, our soldiers, policemen and uniformed personnel have learn to live and survive on this paltry sum so they can provide for their families.
It is the intention of this measure to uplift the morale of our soldiers, and other uniformed personnel a modest increase in their subsistence allowance. Under this resolution, the Subsistence Allowance of our military and policemen and the uniformed personnel of the DILG and cadets of the PNPA will be increased to P150 (One Hundred Pesos) per day effective July 1, 2014.
The funds for initial year of the implementation of the increase of subsistence allowance shall be drawn against the savings of the Department of National Defense and the DILG for 2014 and from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) in the case of any shortfall. Thereafter, the National Government shall appropriate funds for the increased subsistence allowance annually, and the same shall be included in the General Appropriations Act.
In view of the foregoing, I urge our colleagues to support the immediate passage of this measure.
Thank you, Mr. President.