GOOD news for government workers, especially policemen and soldiers.
The first proposed national budget of President Rodrigo Duterte contains the salary increase for the uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines.
At the start of the budget hearing yesterday, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that a total of P39.5 billion has been set aside for the military and uniformed armed personnel (MUP), including the police.
The 2017 national budget amounts to P3.35 trillion, which is 11 percent higher than this year’s P3.002 trillion.
According to Diokno, the budget for the increase in the salary of other state workers was “built-in” in the appropriation of their respective departments or agencies.
“The second tranche of salary increase is already in the 2017 budget,” he told the members of the House committee on appropriations chaired by Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles.
In an earlier interview, Diokno said by January 2018, the take home pay of the policemen will double.
President Duterte had vowed to double the salary of the policemen and soldiers as part of the administration’s bold campaign against illegal drugs.
Diokno said the DBM has proposed salary adjustment for the years 2017 and 2018.
The PNP proposed budget for 2017 is P110.4 billion or higher by 24.6 percent than this year budget while the AFP proposed P130.6 billion.
Meanwhile, Diokno expressed hope that Congress can still pass the Salary Standardization Law-4 by adopting a joint resolution to put in place the increase in the government workers’ salary.
He said the salary increase of government workers will follow the proposed Salary Standardization Law-4, which was not passed in the last Congress.
The proposed SSL-4 amounts to P226 billion, which will be given to state employees in four tranches.