MANILA – The Department of Budget and Management, in line with the Duterte administration’s pledge to provide better compensation and benefits to the country’s uniformed personnel, has submitted a proposal to increase the compensation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
In 2016, the PNP and AFP received greater benefits due to an increase in the allowances. Executive Order No. 3 signed on September 26, 2016, particularly increased the combat duty pay and combat incentive pay of soldiers and policemen.
For 2017, the proposed increase will raise the regular pay of the AFP and PNP, as well as other MUP, via a higher base pay, with a Joint Resolution already submitted to the Office of the President.
The proposed base pay hike is on top of the second tranche of the Salary Standardization (Executive Order No. 201, s. 2016) that will increase the compensation of government employees, including military and uniformed personnel.
This proposal will, however, require the concurrence of Congress. Once approved, a Police Officer I who received a total annual compensation of P321, 746 in 2015 and P355, 290 in 2016 will receive P473, 625 in 2017.
Similarly, a Private who received a total annual compensation of P330, 866 in 2015 and P342, 936 in 2016 will receive P436, 138 in 2017. In effect, the upsurge in compensation for military and uniformed personnel will arise from a combination of hikes in allowances and increases in base pay. (DBM)