HOR COMPLEX, Quezon City (DWDD) – A lawmaker is seeking an increase in the minimum monthly base pay for uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from P14,834 to P50,000 for the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1).
Rep. Johnny Pimentel (2nd District, Surigao del Sur) said his proposed base pay schedule upgrade shall be differentiated in accordance with the rank, qualifications and length of service rendered by the uniformed personnel and shall be prejudiced by across the board salary adjustments.
Pimentel said his proposal aims to ensure a compensation system that will promote pay equity for an effective, efficient, professional and motivated corps of the PNP uniformed personnel.
“Our policemen are the ones tasked in maintaining order in the communities from lawless elements and their criminal activities. The men and women in the uniformed service risk their lives in upholding the rule of law, many times, in a daily basis. It is but only tragic that their compensation is neglected,” said Pimentel.
The first-term lawmaker said in 2009, the government, through the 14th Congress’ Joint Resolution No. 4, recognized the principle that all government personnel shall be paid with just and equitable compensation.
“A base pay schedule, particularly for military and uniformed personnel, was created to take into account the prevailing economic realities and foster professionalism within the ranks. A system of periodic review was also established,” said Pimentel.
However, Pimentel said the salary of the PNP uniformed personnel had been taken for granted under the system of period review because the PNP base pay schedule has remained at its 2009 rate, whereas their civilian counterparts have received various increases in their salary schedule.
“Early in 2016, the civilian government personnel’s salary grades have been increased. The very same salary equity must also be extended to the men and women in uniform,” said Pimentel.
He added a PO1 who tirelessly roves around the streets and serves as a sentinel of communities receives only a monthly base pay of P14,834. The same is almost equivalent to the present pay of civilian personnel under the newly adjusted Salary Grade 8 according to him.
Time and again, Pimentel said the deprivation of the economic needs of a person can foster a culture of corruption, and policemen are not exempt from such. “If the salaries are unable to address the basic needs, chances of succumbing to temptation become real. Our uniformed personnel deserve otherwise,” said Pimentel.
House Bill 1325 or the proposed “Increase of Basic Pay Schedule of All Uniformed Personnel of the PNP Act,” which is now pending at the Committee on Appropriations, provides it is the declared State policy to ensure a compensation system that will promote pay equity for an effective, efficient, professional and motivated corps of uniformed personnel of the PNP.
The bill raises the present minimum monthly base pay for uniformed personnel of the PNP from P14,834 to P50,000 for the rank of Police Officer 1.
The pay schedule upgrade shall be differentiated in accordance with the rank, qualifications and length of service rendered by the uniformed personnel and shall not be prejudged by across the board salary adjustments.
The national government shall appropriate such amount as may be necessary to carry out the objectives of the Act.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) shall promulgate a specific programmed budget needed to cover the expenses for the upgrading of the monthly base pay for all the corresponding uniformed personnel of the PNP for a period of at least five years to allow the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to make necessary budgetary adjustments to facilitate the smooth implementation of the Act.
The amount necessary to implement the provisions of the Act shall be included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the year following the approval of the Act. CONGRESS / MCAG