House passes on final reading proposed base pay for military, uniformed personnel

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While the Philippine national flag flies at half-mast, soldiers render a military salute to honor their fallen comrades on October 17, 2017. -- PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

THE House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading a measure to increase the base pay of military and uniformed personnel (MUP).

Garnering a vote of 167-4-0 on Monday’s session, Dec. 11, House Joint Resolution No. 18 modifies the base pay of military personnel under the Department of National Defense (DND) and uniformed personnel under the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and National Mapping and Resource Authority (NAMRIA).

Under the resolution, MUPs will receive an average increase of 58.7% from the previous base pay provided in Joint Resolution No. 4 of 2009.

Candidate soldiers from DND and candidate members of the Coast Guard will have a monthly base pay of P18,587 from P11,265.

Personnel with the ranks of private under DND, fire/jail officer I and police officer I under DILG, and apprentice seamen under PCG and NAMRIA will receive P29,668 from P14,834.

A general or director general under DND and DILG will be given P121,143 from P67,500.

In addition, there will be a hazard pay of P540 a month.

The increase will take effect starting Jan. 1, 2018. — Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz