Legarda Bats for Improved Benefits for Military and Uniformed Personnel
Three-term Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda underscored her commitment to ensure that adequate remuneration is provided to our Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) and to all the government workers, striving to keep this country whole and resilient despite all the challenges and crises.
“Our soldiers, police and other uniformed personnel are the frontliners in defending our country. They are the protector of the people, tasked to secure the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory. They are even at the frontline in rescue operations during disasters and public emergencies, like the health crisis that we are currently going through. In gratitude for their unrelenting sacrifice and service to the country, we have to continue to protect the rights and welfare of our military and uniformed personnel and work on the improvement of their benefits,” Legarda said.
Legarda, an advocate for the rights of public servants and government workers, said that as a public servant herself and a Reservist of the Philippine Airforce with the rank of Colonel, it is her moral responsibility to protect and promote the rights of fellow military and uniformed personnel, especially the rank-and-file who are overworked and underpaid, to uplift their living standards and for them to have a better life.
“I deeply value the arduous mission our military and uniformed personal have to undertake in order to protect the people and the State from lawless violence, invasion, rebellion, terrorist acts and other activities that might affect public order and safety. With the enormity of these duties, we have to ensure that they are well-equipped and well-compensated for the hazards they face in the course of performing their duties,” Legarda said.
In her three-terms in the Senate, Legarda filed bills to provide additional remuneration for the welfare of our soldiers and uniformed personnel. During her stint as then Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security in the 15th Congress, she pushed for the increase in subsistence allowance of officers and enlisted personnel of the AFP and proposed for the increase of combat pay to an amount equivalent to 25% of their base pay.
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