DBM chief: 100% pay hike for cops, soldiers ‘doable’ by 2018

August 12, 20169:38 am377 views
DBM chief: 100% pay hike for cops, soldiers ‘doable’ by 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte promised a 100-percent increase in salaries for the uniformed service during the campaign period. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, File

MANILA, Philippines — Policemen and soldiers may expect a 100 percent salary increase by January 2018 as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said on Thursday.

Diokno said that the president’s promise for the uniformed service during the campaign period was “doable.”

“Doable ‘yun. I think maiintindihan ng mga pulis ‘yan hindi naman one time ‘yun. Pangako naman niya (Duterte) hindi bukas. In fact, at the present ang trajectory ko d’yan January 2018 doble na ang sweldo,” Diokno told members of the press in an ambush interview.

The Budget secretary added that policemen and soldiers would receive an incremental increase in their salaries by the last quarter of this year.

“May mga movement. Hindi naman pwedeng jump ka kaagad sa gusto mo,” Diokno said.

Diokno earlier told the Senate that there would be no pay hike for policemen and soldiers this month because there is no item in the 2016 national budget to cover the increase promised by Duterte.

 

news source: philstar.com

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