Senator Jingoy Estrada has expressed disgust at veterans’ meager disability pensions and hopes his bill calling for an increase in the current 19th Congress will finally move forward.
Estrada said Senate Bill 1480 seeks to improve 28-year-old existing law regarding veterans’ disability pensions.
He said a monthly pension of just P1,000 to P1,700 for veterans and their dependents under the existing provisions of RA 6948 is negligible given today’s high cost of living.
“In turn, I am optimistic that this bill, with the support of my colleagues in both houses of Congress, will right a grave injustice by providing disabled veterans with the dignity, respect and care they truly deserve. It’s a target,” said the senator.
Estrada said it is now time for questions in the Senate after endorsing the bill on November 22 last year.
“We hope to lead to that approval before the serious matter is postponed,” he said.
Estrada said it has also started public hearings on the proposed Reservists Employment Act or Senate Bill 1228 under the Labor Commission.
The Proposed Measures would provide the same level of protection and assistance to members of the Reserve Forces, recognizing their important contributions to nation-building and honoring their selflessness in contributing their valuable time, skills and services to the nation. intended to provide.
Reservists provide a base for the expansion of the Philippine military in the event of war, invasion, or insurrection, and assist in relief and rescue during disasters and calamities.
Estrada also introduced Senate Bill 1601, a bill to further strengthen professionalism in AFP and promote policy continuity and modernization initiatives.
The measure seeks to limit the three-year fixed tenure of AFP staff.
“The House version has been approved on its third and final reading, and not only was it declared urgent by the President on December 9 last year, but we expect this to be taken up by the Senate,” he said. said.