THE House of Representatives has approved on second reading a joint resolution pushing for an increase in the base pay of uniformed personnel.
House Resolution 18 will apply to all Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).
The modified base pay schedule for MUP will be implemented in two years, starting in 2018.
A candidate soldier and the candidate coastguardsman of the PCG will receive a monthly base pay of P18,587.
A Police Officer 1 (PO1) and its equivalent ranks will receive P29,668 monthly.
The Director General of the PNP and the General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will receive P121,143 a month.
A hazard pay for all military personnel is set at P540 per month.
The funds to be used for the implementation of the increase for next year will come from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund and other available funds.
The budget for the succeeding years will be included in the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).
“The notable amendment we did on the floor [in plenary]is that the suspension of the pension indexation is only up to January 1, 2019 or until a new pension reform law is passed, whichever comes earlier,” Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives, said in a message to reporters. RALPH EDWIN U. VILLANUEVA