House okays pay hike for cops, soldiers

  • Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
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VOTING 167 against four, the House of Representatives yesterday approved on third and final reading
House Joint Resolution No. 18 authorizing the compensation adjustment for military and uniformed
personnel (MUP) in the government, including doubling the base pay of rookie cops, soldiers,
firefighters and jail guards which will require P63.4 billion starting next year.

Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, the committee chairman, said it means that a rookie cop will
enjoy a 100 percent increase in the monthly base pay from the current P14,834 to P29,668.
“This is in recognition of the critical role of the military and police in maintaining
national security and peace and order, as they exercise their duty to ensure the safety of our
citizens being exposed to various high peril environments and life-threatening risks, in the discharge
of their functions,” Nograles explained. Nograles, Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, and House
Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas underscored the importance to increase
the compensation package of MUP because of their crucial role in ensuring the safety and peace and
order of the country.
Under the joint resolution, the Department of Budget and Management said the resolution will
double the base pay of a police officer (PO) I in the Philippine National Police (PNP), a private in
the Department of National Defense (DND), and equivalent ranks in the Bureau of Jail Management and
Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), Philippine
Coast Guard (PCG) and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).
But the measure said that the modified base pay schedule for MUP shall be implemented in two
tranches starting 2018 and 2019.
“Pending review of the current MUP pension system by the legislative and executive branches of
government, which is aimed towards ensuring a sustainable and equitable pension system, the indexation
of the pension of retired MUP with base pay of those in the active service shall be suspended with
respect to the base pay increase authorized in the joint resolution,” it said.
It was learned from the proposal that the overall adjustments will result in a 58.7 percent
average increase in base pay for all MUP ranks.
It also said that the provisional and officers’ allowances will no longer be part of the
compensation of MUP as these are granted as an interim measure pending the modification of the base
pay schedule.
The measure also provides that the increase in the compensation of the MUP will be funded from
the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF), and from any available allotment in the respective
budgets of the agencies concerned.