By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has vowed to certify as urgent a proposed legislation seeking reforms in the retirement and pension system of the military and uniformed service personnel.
The President endorsed the measure, that includes adjusting the compulsory retirement age of uniformed personnel, during a meeting with the Cabinet in Malacañang last Wednesday, according to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo.
“Also discussed was the Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) Pension Reform Bill proposed by the Department of National Defense which the President said he will certify as an urgent piece of legislation,” Panelo said.
Under the measure, the defense department has reportedly proposed raising the mandatory retirement age for military and uniformed personnel to 60 years old from 56 years old. Pension payment will start only when they reach the age of 60.
The proposed legislation also reportedly seeks to increase the pension rate for those wounded or killed in action to 90 percent of base pay plus longevity pay regardless of years of active service.
Since he assumed office, the President has assured the military of his government’s full support, from increasing their salary and allowance to upgrading their equipment and improving their benefits.
The commander-in-chief, who often visited military and police camps to boost morale, said he hopes to leave behind strong and well—equipped military and police forces.