Senator Jose ”Jinggoy” Ejerrcito Estrada said on Saturday, Jan. 7 that Senate Bill (SB) No. 1480, which seeks to upgrade disability pensions for 28-year-old veterans with disabilities, will continue until Congress ends its regular session. We have expressed hope to move forward when we reopen. From January 23rd.
“Monthly pensions of just P1,000 to P1,700 for veterans and their dependents under the existing provisions of RA 6948 are negligible given today’s high cost of living,” Estrada said.
Estrada noted that there have been several attempts to pass the bill in previous Congresses, but for some reason it has failed to pass.
“But this time around, 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. I said.
“After endorsing the bill on November 22nd last year, it is now in the Senate question period and we hope to get its approval before it closes (in June),” he added.
In a separate development, Estrada, under his control, the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resource Development enacted policies that would lead to the development of competent caregivers in the country so that they could find suitable employment. He said the aim would be to ensure that Protected against abuse, harassment, violence and economic exploitation.
“I introduced a bill similar to the Senate bill [No.] 1440 (the Proposed Caregiver Welfare Act) was approved in the 16th Congress, and I am confident we can get it into law this time. Due to Covid-19, in 2021 the country will be .
Estrada also said it has already started hearings on the proposed Reservist Employment Act, or SB No. 1228, under the Labor Commission.
He said the bill recognizes its important contribution to nation-building and pays tribute to the selflessness of contributing valuable time, skills and services to the nation, giving the reserve forces the same level of protection and support. explained that it was intended to provide
They provide a base for the expansion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the event of war, invasion, or rebellion, and assist in relief and rescue during disasters and disasters, he said.
“Last December 6, I introduced Senate Bill 1601, a bill to further strengthen professionalism in AFP and promote policy continuity and modernization initiatives,” he noted.
The measure seeks to limit the three-year fixed tenure of AFP staff.
“The House version was approved at its third and final reading. It was not only declared urgent by the President on December 9 last year, but we expect it to be taken up by the Senate.” Estrada said.
“In the coming weeks, we will seek to reconvene the parliamentary oversight committee on the AFP Modernization Act and conduct an inquiry to support legislation on the status of the Armed Forces modernization program,” he stressed.
“As Chairman of the Senate Committees on Defense and Security, Peace, Unity and Reconciliation, it is my duty to monitor whether the legislation is in line with current needs and circumstances and to ensure the full capacity of the legislation. The army,’ he said.
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