• Soldiers to get higher subsistence allowance

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed a joint resolution passed by Congress increasing the subsistence allowance for all enlisted personnel, including policemen and soldiers.

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    Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the resolution that Aquino signed on Friday raises the allowances of the police and military workforce to P150 from P90 effective January 1, 2015.

    Also covered are personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). The amount needed to raise the subsistence allowances will be derived from the savings of relevant government agencies this year and will be appropriated in the national budget in the succeeding years.

    Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, the principal author and sponsor of the measure in the Senate, lauded Aquino for promoting the welfare and recognizing the sacrifices of the uniformed personnel by signing the measure into law.

    ”It has been a long time since the subsistence allowance of our soldiers and police was increased. Despite their significant role in the country, they remain to be among the measly paid public servants. We are thankful that finally our government has addressed this need,” said Trillanes, chairman of Senate Committee on National Defense and Security.

    ”We hope that through this measure, we would uplift their morale and inspire them more to serve faithfully this country, especially in these trying times,” he added.

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