Written by Camille P. Balagtas
WITH the lives of uniformed and law enforcement personnel at risk in the performance of their duties especially in the Marawi conflict and anti-crime campaigns, Sen. Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV has sponsored Senate Bill No. 1462 or a bill granting special financial assistance and benefits to the beneficiaries of uniformed and law enforcement personnel.
Trillanes said that considering the risks they face, it is imperative that the government provides assistance to the family of the members of the PNP, AFP, BFP, BJMP, PCG, NBI, BuCor and PDEA, in case they get killed or are permanently incapacitated in line of duty.
In 1990, Republic Act No. 6963 was enacted to grant special financial assistance and benefits to the family or beneficiary of any police, military personnel, or fireman killed or permanently incapacitated while in the performance of duty. However, the benefits under this law were limited to the members of Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Bureau of Fire Protection.
The Senate Civil Service Committee, chaired by Trillanes, seeks to replace and expand coverage of this law. Under SBN 1462, the family or beneficiaries of the deceased or disabled members of the PNP, AFP, BFP, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Coast Guard, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Corrections and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will receive, on top of the other benefits they are entitled to, a special financial assistance, which is equivalent to six months of their monthly average salary, including allowances, bonuses. In the event that they suffer any injury in the performance of his or her duties, the hospitalization expenses, including the costs of necessary medicines and medical equipment, should be shouldered by the office or agency to which they belong.
The financial assistance should be delivered by their respective office within three days from the receipt of their death certificate, or permanent disability notice. The funding for this will be sourced from the expected salaries, allowances and bonuses of the deceased or permanently incapacitated personnel.
“Through this measure, we hope to assure our uniformed and law enforcement personnel that the government will continue to look after the welfare of their families, even after their selfless service to this country,” the former navy officer turned senator said.