MANILA, March 31 — Increase in the daily subsistence allowance of uniformed personnel from P90 to P150 per day takes effect retroactively on the 1st day of January 2015. This after President Benigno S. Aquino III signed the joint resolution with Congress for the purpose.
In a press briefing at the Palace on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the current allowance is “no longer adequate to meet the basic needs of Filipino military soldiers and uniformed personnel… in view of the increasing prices of commodities”.
The higher allowance is for all officers, enlisted personnel, candidate soldiers, probationary second lieutenants, cadets and civilian active auxiliaries of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, commissioned and non-commissioned personnel of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, cadets of the Philippine National Police Academy, Philippine Coast Guard, including candidate coast guard men, and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).
The increase in daily allowance will be sourced from the savings of the Department of National Defense, Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the current year and/or the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund. In succeeding years, the amount shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.