PNP top brass to get highest pay in salary hike

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) — A resolution signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on January 1 gave policemen a substantial pay increase.

However, some will get more than others.

Under Joint Resolution No. 1, the top three star ranks are getting the biggest increases.

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A police director general, a four-star rank solely given to the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), is getting a whopping 122 percent hike by 2019.

Joint Resolution No. 4, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2009, meant the Head of the National Police earned P67,500 per month. In 2018, that salary would rise to P121,143; in 2019, it would be P149,785.

The two- and three-star positions, are also getting more than 100 percent increases -- A police deputy director general will now get P125,574/month, up by 112 percent from the previous P59, 210; a police director P102,896/month, up by 103 percent from P50,763/month.

The ranks of senior police officers (SPO), on the other hand, are getting the lowest hikes.

  • SPO1: P21, 771 to P33,411 (53 percent increase)
  • SPO2: P23,513 to P34,079 (45 percent increase)
  • SPO3: P25,394 to P34,761 (40 percent increase)
  • SPO4: P27,425 to P35,456 (37 percent increase)

 

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The government's tax reform law is also making a big impact on policemen's pay.

S/Supt Domingo Cabillan, Spokesman of the PNP Finance Service, said, "Katulad sa akin, senior superintendent, for 2017, ang monthly tax ko is, 15,000. Pero sa 2018, magiging 11,000 na lang."

[Translation: For a senior superintendent like me, for 2017, my tax was 15,000. But in 2018, it will only be P11,000.]

Bad news for retired cops though, there is no pension hike for them -- at least this year.

Joint Resolution No. 1 said the suspension on the pension increase will  be "automatically lifted on January 1, 2019 or upon the effectivity of a pension reform law, whichever comes earlier."

But increased salaries coupled with big tax cuts will mean bigger take home pay for cops in service.

PO1 Rey Boy Abrera earns P8,000 per month, at least half of that amount is remitted to his parents in Palawan.

He is excited to tell them he will be receiving more under the new resolution.

The PNP leadership is hoping these changes will also lessen corruption within the 180,000-strong organization, and boost the morale to serve the public better.

C/Supt. Joselito Vera Cruz, Executive Officer of the Directorate for Comptrollership, said, "Pag-ibayuhin pa natin ang ating maayos na pagtatrabaho, para sa ganun kahit papaano, makabawi tayo at masuklian ang binigay sa atin na umento sa sahod."

[Translation: Let us work harder so that we can, in our way, repay the increase given to us.]