DAVAO CITY - A P50,000 minimum wage for members of the Philippine National Police is in the pipeline of the incoming administration, several days before President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is inaugurated as the 16th President.
The proposed P50,000 monthly salary will cover both the base pay and allowances of an officer ranked as Police Officer 1, while PNP generals may receive as much as P100,000 a month.
The government will have to spend about P50 billion for the increase in wages, and another P20 billion to fund higher pension for the police.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said the initial P70 billion funding for the planned wage hike may be sourced from the remaining P150 billion in the 2016 budget.
"It's very doable so if we have a supportive House of Representatives and Senate, merong pera, as early as before Christmas, maibibigay na natin ito sa ating mga pulis," Cayetano said Sunday evening.
"Kung 20% ang buwis, P40,000 iuuwi mo. Ang cost of living sa Metro Manila is P35,000. P35,000 tatlong anak mo, tamang-tama lang yun sa pagkain, pa-gamot, at pag-aaral, bahay," Cayetano added.
The lawmaker from Taguig said the proposal has been reviewed by Duterte and his incoming PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, and is set to be submitted to incoming Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno for further scrutiny.
"We're now doing the computations for the military, and hopefully kung tuloy-tuloy na maganda ang ekonomiya, in a year and half or two years, maitaas din yung sweldo ng mga ibang nagtratrabaho sa gobyerno. Pero sa ngayon, ang focus natin: pulis, militar, law enforcers," Cayetano said.
Duterte won the recent elections with a landslide vote of 16 million as he promised to solve criminality and corruption within six months after he takes office.
The 71-year-old Davao mayor recently called on three drug-tainted PNP generals to step down from their posts before the Duterte administration formally takes office on June 30.