Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed Executive Order No. 201, s. 2016 which provides officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) with a Php3,000 Combat Duty Pay, a substantial increase from the Php500 they are currently receiving.
“The rate of the Combat Duty Pay of the officers and enlisted personnel of the AFP and uniformed personnel of the PNP is hereby fixed at Three Thousand Pesos (Php3,000. 00) per month,” states the order.
“Officers and enlisted personnel of the AFP performing combat duties/activities and uniformed personnel of the PNP engaged in actual police operations as defined in regulations to be issued by the Secretary of National Defense and the National Police Commission, respectively, are entitled to receive Combat Duty Pay.”
Aside from the Combat Duty Pay, an additional Combat Incentive Pay of Php300 per day will also be given to qualified officers but is only given to “members of the AFP and the uniformed personnel of the PNP who figure directly in actual combat against members of various insurgent, terrorist and lawless elements.”
Right now, the Php3,000 per month Combat Duty Pay and the Php300 per day Combat Incentive Pay will only be enjoyed by qualified personnel but it is already a step to the fulfillment of Pres. Duterte’s campaign promise to increase the salaries of cops and soldiers.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno revealed that the promised Php5,000 pay hike within the year is not possible but that amount (or more) will be given in 2017 because Php39.59 billion of the proposed 2017 national budget has been earmarked for the salary increase of cops, soldiers, and other uniformed personnel next year.