Bato: Rookie cops' pay to double by January 2018

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) — Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) can look forward to a more prosperous 2018 after the country's top cop said salary raises would welcome them in the new year.

PNP Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said by January 1, cops with a rank of PO1 (police officer 1) would receive double their salary. The rank of PO1 is the lowest on the rung of the PNP hierarchy, and receives a monthly salary of around ₱14,800 (US$290).

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"Para maramdaman na doble agad next year," he said.

[Translation: So they can feel the increase immediately next year.]

Other ranks would receive higher salary as well, but with decreasing amounts, Dela Rosa said at Monday's flag raising ceremony at the PNP headquarters.

"Yung PO2 hanggang police Director General paliit nang paliit ang increase – 'di kayanan 100 percent sa lahat," he said.

[Translation: Those with the rank of PO2 until police Director General would receive smaller increases – we can't afford a 100 percent increase for everyone]

Dela Rosa didn't mention if the other salary increases would also take effect on January 1.

In January this year, the Budget Department said soldiers, policemen, and government officials would receive higher salaries in 2017.

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Former President Benigno Aquino III in February 2016 signed an executive order raising the salary of government employees every January for four years. This is after Congress failed to pass the Salary Standardization Law.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said this year's salary increase is the second in a four-tranche salary adjustment system that the Duterte government adopted from the previous administration.

President Rodrigo Duterte said he would double the salaries of cops and soldiers in 2016, but it did not push through as Diokno said there was nothing in the 2016 budget which could have provided for the increase mentioned by Duterte.

PNP on alert

Dela Rosa said the entire police force would be on heightened alert status on October 31 and November 1, All Saints Day.

"Yung sa regions, full alert status sila. Kani-kaniyang regions, kani-kaniyang regional directors declaring full alert status. Dito sa atin sa National Headquarters, heightened alert status tayo," he said.

[Translation: The regions are in full alert status. Each regional director declaring full alert status. Here at the National Headquarters, we are on heightened alert status.]

This means around 50 percent of personnel must be present and ready to be deployed any time.

CNN Philippines Digital Producer Eimor Santos contributed to this report.