House seeks pay hike for police, military by 2018

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 24 2017 12:15 PM | Updated as of Oct 24 2017 12:41 PM

MANILA - The House of Representatives appropriations committee is pushing for a law that would increase the salary of soldiers, cops, firemen, and jail officers, among others.

Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said the lowest-ranking personnel, like the PO1s and privates, will be getting the 100 percent salary hike, while the increase will be calibrated for the higher ranks.

"Mula sa 14,834 ay magiging 29,668 'yung base pay [ng lowest-ranking men in uniform]," Nograles, who chairs the committee on appropriations, told DZMM Tuesday.

The lawmaker said they have already received the endorsement from the Department of Budget and Management and they will pushing for the passage of a resolution when session resumes in November.

However, Nograles said the pension indexation will be suspended for the meantime as they will have to study first the salary hike's effect on the pension of the uniformed personnel to avoid bankruptcy.

"Baka di makakayanan ng pondo ng current pension natin. May calculation din po sa indexation," he said, adding that the budget department also suggested that the indexation be suspended.