President Duterte has fulfilled his campaign promise to increase the salaries of cops and soldiers when he signed into law the Congress Joint Resolution modifying the Base Pay Schedule for Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) yesterday at Malacañang Palace.
Congress Joint Resolution (JR) no. 1, s. 2018 doubles the base pay of a Police Officer (PO) I in the Philippine National Police or a Private in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), 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). A PO I and those with equivalent rank will enjoy a 100% increase resulting to a monthly base pay of 29,668 pesos. Overall, the salary adjustments results to a 58.7% average increase for all MUP ranks, effective January 1, 2018.
The resolution also allows for a second Base Pay Schedule to be implemented beginning January 1, 2019. This will further increase the Base Pay of MUP ranks starting from First Chief Master Sergeant in the AFP and those with equivalent rank up to the rank of General in the AFP and those with equivalent rank. By FY 2019, the average increase will be 72.18% for all ranks.
According to National Budget Circular no. 574 dated January 10, 2018, the increase in the base pay will be charged against the budgets of the agencies concerned, and, in case of deficiency, can be funded by the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) upon the request of an agency. The increase in base pay costs approximately P64.2 billion.
For more information, you may refer to National Budget Circular No. 574, the issuance outlining the rules and regulations for the implementation of Congress JR no. 1, s. 2018, at www.dbm.gov.ph.
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