MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is being urged to grant an additional P3,000 allowance to 1.3 million public nurses and teachers in the country.
Senate Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon made the pitch on Tuesday after the President ordered the increase of the combat duty pay of police and military personnel.
Duterte’s Executive Order No. 3 raises the incentives relative to combat from P500 to P3,000 for enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and from P340 to P3,000 for uniformed policemen.
The increases would cost the government an extra P4.06 billion for this year and P12.2 billion for 2017.
“It is only timely and proper that we provide relief to civilian employees, whose purchasing power has eroded through the years,” Drilon said.
The Ilonggo senator proposed the additional incentives shall be given on top of the monthly P2,500 Personnel Economic Relief Allowance, which is currently receive by all government workers.
If the President approves his proposal, the budgetary requirement from September to December would amount to only P15.73 billion, he added.
Drilon suggested that the amount can be sourced from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefit Fund.
“There is an urgent need to increase the said benefits to improve the living conditions of the men in uniform. Such is also true with the civilian employees who are having a hard time to cope with the rising cost of living.”/PN