• PNP receives P2.8B for equipment, transformation plan

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    The Philippine National Police (PNP) has received a P2.86 billion budget from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for its Police Operational Transformation Plan.

    Palace Undersecretary Abigail Valte made the announcement on Saturday after the House of Representatives tackled the proposed P2.268 trillion budget for 2014.

    According to Valte, the Police Operational Transformation Plan would include: purchase of 1,000 patrol jeeps, 13,597 long firearms, 4,997 mobile radios, minor repairs and repainting of 810 police stations (P344 million), purchase of M4 magazines and kits for PNP Maneuver Units and hiring of 7,439 non-uniformed personnel to be assigned to regional offices (P655 million).

    Despite the budget allocation for PNP, Valte maintained that there would be no salary increase for government employees since the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) has allowed a steady salary increase for state workers.

    “The SSL was already in the third tranche when we came. We just followed what was indicated in the allocation. In fact, President Aquino already released the third and fourth tranches of the SSL earlier in 2012,” she pointed out.

    A salary increase, she added, would need further study considering that state workers received salary increase in the past three years.

    Llanesca T. Panti

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