Pay Hike for Cops and Soldiers Awaits Approval by Congress, Starts on January 1 Once Approved

Many of the cops and soldiers in the Philippines are awaiting the 100% salary increase as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte during the campaign period but over a year after he won the presidency, the country’s uniformed personnel are yet to see a single cent of that promised pay hike.

The main reason why it hasn’t been distributed yet is that Duterte had to work on the budget already set by the previous administration for the rest of 2016 while the 2017 budget was already in the works by the time his team took over.

There just wasn’t any provision in the 2016 and the 2017 budgets for the increase but with the Duterte administration at the helm, the pay hike is finally set in place for the 2018. But this can’t also be given to the cops and soldiers yet, unless the budget is approved by the Congress.

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Hope has been renewed for the country’s uniformed personnel after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced that “the Office of the President last Sept. 20 concurred with a draft Congress Joint Resolution aimed at doubling the salaries of entry-level policemen as well as soldiers by next year.”

The uniformed personnel expect are expecting double their pay but many are also asking whether the hike only covers the Philippine National Police (PNP) and soldiers or if other agencies are included as well.

The DBM clarified:

If signed by both houses of Congress, the resolution will double the base pay of a police officer (PO) 1 in the Philippine National Police, a private in the Department of National Defense, and equivalent ranks in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Public Safety College, Philippine Coast Guard, and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority.

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But while this pay hike covers all uniformed personnel as confirmed by the DBM, not everyone will receive 100% increase on their base pay. Higher ranks that are already receiving high salaries won’t have a very big increase.

According to the DBM, the average pay increase will be 58.7%.

Once approved, the country’s uniformed personnel get to enjoy the increase starting January 1, 2018.

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