MUPs and RETIREES
1. Championed Senate Joint Resolution 10, which seeks to authorize the increase in the base pay of military and other uniformed personnel in the government. It also included the adjustments of the pension of the retired MUPs as indexed to the base pay scale of MUP in the active service covering the period June to December 2019. It covers the Armed Forces of the Philippines – General Headquarters (AFP-GHQ), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
“On behalf of the 220,000 MUP retirees, let me say a lifetime ‘THANK YOU’ to PRRD for Joint Resolution No 1. No other President has shown such concern for those who served and offered their lives for the country and people. All we have to do is continue breathing for as long as we can.”
2. Legislative output:
* Senate Bill 312: Repealing the Minimum Height Requirement for Applicants to the PNP, BFP and BJMP (co-author with Sens. Zubiri, Sotto) View/Download the bill
* Republic Act 9166: An Act Increasing the Base Pay of the Members of the AFP (12th Congress)
* Republic Act 9163: National Service Training Program Act of 2001
* Senate Bill 249: The National Defense Act of 2019
3. Working on a mechanism for MUPs:
“Ang pangamba ang kailangang seed money para retirement pay ng MUP, P9.6 trillion. Hopefully ang legislation dito maipasa bago matapos ang admin kasi napaka-urgent nito”
4. Sponsored the funding requirements of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) for personnel complement and acquisition of medical equipment, both of which were not taken into consideration in their proposed budget for FY 2021. This will fund the payment for the additional 800 personnel at the minimum, with Contract of Service (COS) and Job Order (JO), in the VMMC. These personnel are front-liners essential to the day-to-day operations of the hospital, especially during the pandemic. It will also fund the acquisition of a new Cobalt-60 external beam radiotherapy machine which has been in use for more than 40 years is now considered obsolete and a health hazard.