PNP civilian workers seek passage of Magna Carta for them
NON-Uniformed Personnel (NUP) of the Philippine National Police – (PNP-NUP) is optimistic that the House of Representative will soon start its deliberations on the Magna Carta for NUP.
PNP-NUP Association Inc. national president Sarah Sopeῆa Lerum said, House Bill (HB) 9621 entitled “Instituting the Magna Carta for all Non-Uniformed Workers in the Military and all other Uniformed Agencies pursue to recognize the invaluable services of NUPs”.
Lerum said the bill finally addresses the economic issues of civilian employees in the uniformed agencies who quietly suffered from low pay, long work hours, unsafe working conditions and lack of benefits, social protection and job security for years even as they fulfill their duties as partners of uniformed personnel in protecting the lives of the Filipino people.”
She said NUPs wage is based on the salary standardization law and was “left behind” when the salary of the uniformed personnel was increased.
“Even if the PNP wanted to raise our salaries, legislation is needed for it to be carried out,” she added.
HB 9621 was introduced by Pangasinan representative and Deputy Speaker Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas.
Lerum also noted that sometime in 2019 Senate president Vicente “Tito” Sotto III “posted” a senate version of the bill.
Meanwhile, during his recent visit to Pangasinan, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said he supports whatever appropriate benefits that can be provided the NUPs. (Jerick Pasiliao)
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