House approves pay hike for soldiers, cops — Nograles

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The House of Representatives passed on second reading House Joint Resolution No. 18 raising the base pay of around 381,381 military and uniformed personnel nationwide, committee on appropriations chairman Karlo Nograles said.

The measure raises the monthly base pay of a Police Officer (PO) I in the Philippine National Police (PNP) or a private in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and equivalent 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 from P14,834 to P29,668, representing a 100-percent increase in the base pay effective January 1, 2018.

For the other ranks, the increase in Base Pay will be calibrated resulting in an average increase of 58.70-percent for all ranks.

“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 said.

As to the indexation of the pension of retired military and uniformed personnel with the base pay of those in the active service, Nograles explained that while the Joint Resolution suspends the indexation with respect to the base pay increase, the suspension of indexation will be automatically lifted on January 1, 2019.

“The notable amendment we did on the floor is that the suspension of the pension indexation will now only be up to January 1, 2019 or until a new pension reform law is passed, whichever comes earlier,” Nograles said.