Duterte lauded for AFP modernization, doubling of troops pay

For Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s continuous support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program and doubling of the salaries of all military personnel are his most significant achievements as far as the security sector is concerned.

Lorenzana said military personnel can focus on their job better as they know they can adequately support their families with their salaries and do their mandated duty with the new equipment acquired.

“They can do their jobs better knowing that their family is taken care of with the salary increase. On the improvement of their equipment and know-how, they will be more confident in doing their tasks. It also makes them on par with the neighboring military who have been modernizing earlier. This brings pride to our soldiers,” the DND chief said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Last June, Lorenzana thanked President Rodrigo R. Duterte for giving priority to the DND request to implement the provisions of Congress Joint Resolution (JR) No. 1 or Joint Resolution Authorizing the Increase in Base Pay of Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) in the Government, and for Other Purposes, s. 2018 which the Chief Executive signed on January 1 this year.

“Truly, your unparalleled support for our uniformed personnel serves as our guiding light as the AFP continues to pursue its duty to the Filipino nation,” Lorenza earlier said.

Through the MUP pension increase, Lorenzana said the sacrifice and dedicated service of all Filipino soldiers have been truly and duly recognized.

The DND, by virtue of an official letter to Malacañang written on May 17, 2019, recommended that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) be directed to implement the pension indexation under JR No. 1, s. 2018 and release additional funds for that purpose.

The letter was signed by Defense Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna, who was then officer-in-charge of the DND.

And on the AFP Modernization Program, the President has publicly expressed his support on the matter and pledged to government troops that he will acquire them new weapons and equipment needed in fulfilling their mandate. PNA