Troops fighting crime war get P5,000 pay hike by September

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2016 03:39 PM

Troops fighting crime war get P5,000 pay hike by September 1
Manny Palmero, ABS-CBN News

DAVAO CITY - Policemen and soldiers, who are at the forefront of President Rodrigo Duterte’s relentless anti-crime drive, will get a roughly P5,000 adjustment in their allowance as early as September, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said Wednesday.

Duterte’s promise to double their salaries will be done in January 2018, Diokno said, adding, “Pwede na itaga sa bato [Mark my words].”

“Nagsubmit na ako sa kanya ng report, draft EO to effect the adjustment. Uumpisahan natin yan before the end of the year, baka September magkaroon na ng across the board increase [I’ve submitted a report to the President, a draft EO to effect the adjustment. We will start implementing it before the end of the year, maybe by September there will be an across the board increase],” Diokno said.

Aside from the pay increases, Diokno said government was working out a 20-kilo monthly rice allowance for security forces.

Duterte has significantly increased funding for the police and the military under a budget proposal that he submitted to Congress this week.

The police budget will increase by 24.6 percent, to P110.4 billion, with the money to be spent on hiring more officers, raising their salaries and buying them more guns, according to a government statement.