The incoming administration led by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is currently examining a proposal seeking to increase the salaries of police to at least P50,000 a month, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said.
On Sunday, Sen. Cayetano told Philippine National Police Academy alumni that he already has submitted a proposal with three salary increase options to Duterte and incoming police chief Ronald dela Rosa. The P50,000 will already include with it the basic pay and allowance, factored in for income tax. The increase is based on the P30,000 cost of living in Metro Manila.
The proposal, Sen. Cayetano said, will involve a P70-billion funding, both for the increase and for the retirement fund. The senator explained that the P50 billion will be allotted for the salary increase while P20 billion will be reserved for the retirement fund.
“For an additional P50 billion, we can give a minimum of P50,000 graduated and higher,” Cayetano said. “It’s very doable.”
The present salary of the police is at least P15,000. That is for the lowest-ranking police.
However, to make this proposal a reality, Sen. Cayetano need that support of both houses of Congress. He said that the government has the money to make this a possibility. Furthermore, if such will be approved, then the increase will be distributed during the last quarter of the year – before Christmas.
On the other hand, the military salary increase in already in the works. He said that the administration is already doing some calculations.
Police and military increase are the focus of the incoming administration; however, the push for an increase in all areas of government is also being considered.
Even before Duterte was elected as president, it has always been his campaign to increase the salaries of police and military personnel. The first proposed amount by both Duterte and Cayetano was set between P75,000 to P100,000.