Cebu City Rep. Gabriel Luis Quisumbing has filed a bill to raise the combat duty allowance of police and military troops being deployed to areas in conflict from P240 to up to half of their monthly salary, according to a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
According to the report, under the bill, the monthly combat pay of P240 will be raised to 25 percent of a service personnel’s base pay, while the mission allowance will be 50 percent of their base pay.
The report also says that the bill ensures a “mission allowance” to members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), who are “exposed to adversity, combat situations and hazards unusual to peacekeeping.”
The congressman says that the bill must be passed immediately, due to the fact that troops such as the SAF 44 receive only meager pay, allowances, and benefits despite the risk in their missions when assigned to conflict-ridden areas.
What do you think of this? Do you agree with the bill?