• Budget Secretary said there would be no salary hike for uniformed personnel in August
  • He said there is currently no budget that would allow for the increase
  • However, he said double salary definitely doable by 2018

MANILA, Philippines – No salary hike for the country’s uniformed personnel— for now.

Speaking at the Senate hearing on the proposed 2017 budget, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno admitted that there would be no salary increase for servicemen at the moment as the government lacked the necessary budget.

“We cannot promise an increase this August because, as you know, there is nothing in the budget for that,” GMA News quoted him as saying.

For now, Diokno said they are doing their best to augment the servicemen’s income with allowances without violating the legal restrictions placed on the national budget.

“We are doing everything we can at the moment. If fact, we’re trying to supplement their income, one way or the other,” he said. “Maybe in the last quarter, we’ll give them rice allowance of 20 kilos per month for every month. Same thing with (conditional cash transfer beneficiaries but we’re very careful not to spend for something Congress never authorized.”

At the same time, Diokno expressed confidence that the country’s uniformed personnel would definitely have their salaries doubled by 2018 with careful planning.

“Doable ‘yun. I think maiintindihan ng mga pulis ‘yan hindi naman one time ‘yun. Pangako naman ni Duterte hindi bukas. In fact, at the present ang trajectory ko d’yan January 2018 doble na ang sweldo,” he said.

[It’s doable. I think our police can understand that it doesn’t happen one-time. Duterte’s promise is not meant to happen tomorrow. In fact, at the present my trajectory is that January 2018 their salaries will be doubled.]