Soldiers to donate part of salaries for coronavirus response

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 08 2020 11:45 AM

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines will donate part of their salaries to help the government address the coronavirus pandemic, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Wednesday.

Regular members of the military will donate part of their income for the month of May to help in the fight against COVID-19, said Nograles, spokesman of the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19.

AFP chief General Felimon Santos, Jr., will lead the donation with a P10,484 contribution while the lowest ranking soldiers pledged P100 each according to military spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo.

Several government officials earlier pledged part of their salaries to help the country recover from the pandemic.

President Rodrigo Duterte also committed his 1-month salary while majority of his Cabinet officials promised to donate 75 percent of their monthly pay.