of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Western and Central Visayas are
donating a percentage of their base pay to augment funds of the
government to fight COVID-19, local Army spokesman Capt. Cenon Pancito
The percent deduction will be equitable to rank,
with the AFP chief of staff to give the biggest contribution of
P10,484, while the lowest ranking soldier, who is a Private, an Airman
or an Apprentice Seaman, will be donating P100, AFP spokesman Brig.
Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement.
This was in response to the admission of President
Rodrigo Duterte that the government will not have sufficient funds to
deal completely with the massive impacts of COVID-19, following the
extension in the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine in
Luzon until April 30.
Considering the AFP’s present fill-up of personnel,
except civilian employees, the amount expected to be raised will be
around P16,953,490.04, according to Arevalo.
He added that the donation of each AFP personnel will be deducted from their respective base pay for the month of May.
The donated amount is up for use in the purchase of medical supplies and equipment.
Pancito said that the amount deducted will be from 0.05 percent to 7 percent, depending on the rank of AFP personnel.*
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