Even before he was elected, during the campaign and election period, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was known to have said he will increase the compensation of cops and soldiers.
After a year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said that the government is working hard to fulfill the President’s commitment to double the salaries of the military and uniformed personnel by January 2018.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said: “The commitment is to double [military and uniformed personnel’s] salaries by January 2018. We are doing everything to honor that commitment.”
After the DBM said earlier that additional funds are needed to cover the cost of the pay increase, the DBM already submitted its draft resolution for the pay hike to the Office of the President on September 20, and had since been endorsed to Congress.
“We need the approval of both houses of Congress to implement this, because Congress has the power of the purse,” Diokno said.
If the draft resolution would ever be signed by both houses of Congress, it will effectively double the base pay of the following:
– Police Officer (PO) I in the Philippine National Police (PNP)
– Private in the Department of National Defense (DND)
– Equivalent ranks in the
- Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP),
- Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP),
- Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC),
- Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and
- the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).