Press Release
April 25, 2010

Pia Cayetano to continue family tradition of helping AFP, PNP personnel;
First bills to be filed will enhance benefits for soldiers and police

Reelectionist Senator Pia Cayetano vows to continue to work fo increase soldiers' wages and benefits, continuing the Cayetano family's tradition of public service and partnership with the military, police and uniformed men and women in government.

In a press statement, Cayetano said that soldiers and police will always have a special place in her heart as the Taguig-Pateros-Muntinlupa area is home to thousands of our nation's soldiers and their families. This is where the Cayetanos started their public service and this is also where a Presidential Proclamation (proc. 2476, 1986) prepared and advocated by then Assemblyman Rene L. Cayetano gave many AFP and PC-INP members lots in Signal village, Upper Bicutan, Lower Bicutan and Western Bicutan by segregating these barangays from Fort Bonifacio

"The Cayetanos, starting with my father Senator Atty. Rene 'Companero' Cayetano, have a long standing history of service for the welfare of soldiers and police. He was a lawyer always available to the AFP and PNP. It was during his lifetime that thousands of men and women in uniform were given lots in Taguig (Signal Village, Upper Bicutan. Lower Bicutan and Western Bicutan) through proclamations and legislation that paved the way for future housing for our soldiers, police and their dependents."

She also mentioned the contribution of other members of the Cayetano family to better the lives of soldiers and police officers.

"The Cayetano family sought to improve the lives of our soldiers and police in the Taguig-Pateros-Muntinlupa area for a long time. We focused on infrastructure, education, and health as our way of thanking them for continuing to support us to this day. The track record of my dad, myself, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (brother), will show how much we care for the communities our uniformed public servants live in."

She added that if elected, she will work for the upliftment of our heroes and heroines in uniform, our soldiers and police through proper legislation.

"The two bills we will file are the 'Benepisyo Para sa Bayaning AFP Act of 2010' and the 'Law Enforcement and Public Safety Officers Benefits Act of 2010.' These advocacies we have already put in motion through Senate budget hearings were we advocated and asked the DND and DILG to study the proposals and make the proper recommendations.

"The twin bills will be filed to provide more health and educational benefits for soldiers, police officers, bureau of jail and bureau of fire and other uniformed Personel. The centerpiece of the bill to be filed by the two Cayetano senators is a provision that will seek to continue the salaries and benefits of uniformed personnel who die or are permanently disabled in the line of service, over and above the benefits now received by soldiers who die in the line of duty."

We call them heroes yet we cut off the support to their families we should continue paying their salaries as if they were alive or in active duty.

For his part, Senator Alan Peter 'Companero' Cayetano in numerous senate hearings batted for better facilities for soldiers in military camps all over the country.

"In the U.S., it is the families of soldiers who visit the camps because of the very good facilities and amenities given by the US government. These include housing, recreational, health, entertainment, and worship facilities. This wholistic approach to take care of the well being of soldiers must be replicated in our country. The government must see to it that our soldiers are given the best possible working and living environment while they protect and build our nation".

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