Gov’t to spend P64.2B for salary hike for soldiers, cops
It’s another campaign promise turned into reality.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it is prepared to spend P64.2 billion for the double-the-money promise made by President Rodrigo Duterte to the military and uniformed personnel.
The DBM announced the figure after Duterte signed Congress Joint Resolution No. 1 that doubles the base bay of police officers and privates in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as well as similar entry-point 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.
The entry-level base pay in the service will now be P29,668 per month, which takes effect January 2018.
The additional salaries will be charged against respective agency budgets. Any remainder will be sourced from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund, the DBM added.