QUEZON CITY, Dec 19 — Philippine soldiers, police officers and other uniformed men will be getting an increase in their subsistence allowance.
This was announced by President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday during the celebration of the 79th Armed Forces of the Philippines Day held in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
To improve the welfare of uniformed men and their families, he said, the government is enhancing its housing program, the livelihood program in Fort Magsaysay for active and retired servicemen, and the pension system for retired personnel.
President Aquino further promised that the government would do everything to help the AFP improve the skills and capabilities of its members to strengthen the institution’s professionalism and integrity.
He said that the government is addressing the uniformed men’s lack of skills and equipment through the capability development and professionalism enhancement programs under the AFP Transformation Road Map, and the acquisition of new ships, helicopters and fighter jets.
On behalf of the Filipino people, the president thanked the members of the AFP for their service.