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LOOK: House OKs pay hike for soldiers, cops on 2nd reading

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 6, approved on second reading a House Joint Resolution (HJR) 18 that would pave the way for an increase in the base pay of uniformed personnel in government.

HJR 18 applies to all military personnel under the Department of National Defense, and all uniformed personnel under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority.

The measure is sponsored by House leaders including Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez. Appropriations committee chairman Karlos Nograles and lawmakers Johnny Pimentel, Harlin Neil Abayon III, Ruffy Biazon, Gary Alejano, John Bertiz, Marlyn Alonte, Arthur Yap, and Salvador Belaro Jr, complete the list of resolution sponsors.

The increase in the base pay of candidate soldiers up to the rank of chief master sergeant in the military and their equivalent ranks in the other agencies  will be fully implemented beginning January 1, 2018.

The increase in the base pay for the ranks of First Master Sargeant to General and their equavalent ranks in the DILG, PCG, and NAMRIA will be implemented in two years beginning January 1, 2018.

Hazard pay for uniformed personnel will also be fixed at P540 a month, according to the resolution.

In late September, Malacañang endorsed a budget department resolution for soldier and police's pay hikes. 

The base pay schedule for uniformed personnel, implemented over two years, is as follows:

From January 1, 2018 

From January 1, 2019

The resolution passed on 2nd reading after a 3-hour debate on the floor. Act Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio moved to amend the resolution to cover all government employees, but Nograles rejected it.

Nograles did approve an amendment to suspend pension indexation only up to January 1, 2019 or earlier, if a new pension reform law is passed.

Its counterpart measure in the Senate recently hurdled the committee level.

A hike in soldier and cops’ salaries was among President Rodrigo Duterte campaign promises in the 2016 elections.

Read the full resolution here:

 – Rappler.com