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Ping thanks DBM for MUP pensions increase; me dagdag panggamot na!

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Finally, some 220,000 military and uniformed personnel (MUP) retirees may soon get their pension increases, after the the Department of Budget and Management finally cleared the way for it.

On behalf of the retirees, Sen. Panfilo Lacson thanked President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday for signing Joint Resolution No. 1, which made the pension hike possible.

“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 country and people. All we have to do is continue breathing for as long as we can,” Lacson, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1971, said on his Twitter account.

Joint Resolution No. 1 authorizes an increase in the base pay of military and other uniformed personnel in government.

Earlier this week, the DBM released the pension requirements of retired MUP under the Armed Forces of the Philippines – General Headquarters (AFP-GHQ), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

The DBM said it released P29.9 billion to the AFP-GHQ, P21.7 billion to the PNP, P1.9 billion to the BFP, and around P731 million to the BJMP.

But the release order for uniformed personnel of the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority shall be issued upon its submission of the required Special Budget Request to the DBM.

“Accordingly, the recently released amounts already include the adjustment 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 based on the available funds as certified by the Bureau of the Treasury,” the DBM said.

During deliberations on the 2019 national budget, Lacson had sought to increase the Pension and Gratuity Fund by P876.42 million to fund the additional P15,000 increase in old-age pension of 4,869 senior veterans.

Also, he and Sen. Gregorio Honasan II co-authored the Senate Joint Resolution authorizing the increase in the base pay of military and uniformed personnel in the government, and for other purposes. The Senate Joint Resolution was approved and signed as Joint Resolution No. 01.

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