After months of waiting for the promised 100% hike in their salaries, the Philippines’ military and uniformed personnel (MUPs) will finally be receiving the salary increase starting on the first day of the year, January 1, 2018 after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the joint resolution approved by the Congress last December.
This means that cops and soldiers could expect to receive around double their salary this coming January 15 pay day.
While not everyone gets to receive the 100% pay increase as only the lowest ranks actually receive it while the higher ranks receive an increase less than 100%, the news is still quite welcome and is expected to boost the morale of these uniformed personnel who continually risk their lives to keep the public safe.
Most of the lower ranks will receive the full pay increase starting January 1 but higher ranks will undergo a two-tranche increase. The pay hike also includes other MUPs like firemen and jail officers.
There would be adjustments in the total salary the MUPs will receive, however, as the signed resolution repeals the provision of Executive Order No. 201 signed by former President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III which granted them a monthly provisional allowance and monthly officers’ allowance. These items were taken from the new salary structure.
To justify the pay increase, the resolution added a short explanation: “In order to make it more commensurate with their critical role in maintaining national security and peace and order.”
In previous months, a lot of other government employees have expressed disappointment that the president has made it a priority to double the wages of cops and soldiers. Many even accused the president of doing this to ‘bribe’ the MUPs so they won’t help in the protest actions against him or even attempt to oust him, like in the EDSA People Power 1.
But the Malacañang has repeatedly assured the public this was not the case. And to allay fears that the president was only concerned with the military, it was reported that Duterte had announced that he wants teachers to enjoy double their salary.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque admitted the president did not exactly say he will double the teachers’ salaries but he thinks this will be the case.
[The President] says that there will have to be tangible results of any implementation of the second tax reform package. And he said that that should be the increase in teachers’ salary.
He did not say how much… But judging by what he wanted for the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), it could be that he is also aiming to double the entry salary for teachers.
Considering that he has made good of his promise to the MUPs, teachers could surely expect their salaries to double in a year or two – just like the country’s cops and soldiers.