Press Release
February 11, 2015


Saddened by the meager allowances of the country's police force as revealed during yesterday's hearing on the Mamasapano incident, Senator Sonny Angara has renewed his call for the passage of the Magna Carta for the Philippine National Police (PNP) which seeks to codify and strengthen the existing rights and benefits of PNP personnel.

Relieved Special Action Force (SAF) Director Getulio Napenas, responding to Angara's query, said that members of PNP stationed in danger zones and tactical units receive a hazard pay amounting to P240 per month and a combat pay of P1,020 every quarter or P340 a month.

Under Angara's Senate Bill 2594, "uniformed PNP personnel who is exposed to hardship and combat situation or other hazard unusual to peacekeeping, crime prevention and investigation activities will be compensated with a special hardship allowance," similar to hazard and combat pay, equivalent to at least 50 percent of their monthly basic salary.

If the Angara bill will be enacted into law, the monthly hazard and combat pay of a Police Officer II will be increased from the existing total of P580 to P8,467 (half of PO2's monthly base pay of P16,934 under Salary Standardization Law 3).

"I believe that the measly amount of P580 a month is not enough to compensate for the bravery, hardship and sacrifice of our elite cops who willingly risk their lives for the security of the Filipino people. The government must show greater appreciation and recognition for their unwavering service by increasing their benefits and allowances," the lawmaker said.

On top of the special hardship allowance, SB 2594 also provides for a remote assignment allowance to uniformed PNP personnel who accepts assignments in remote areas or isolated situations equivalent to at least 50 percent of their monthly basic salary as well.

SB 2594 also provides for additional benefits for non-uniformed personnel of the PNP.

Under the proposed measure, PNP personnel will also be entitled to reasonable leaves and retirement programs, and a holistic PNP development program which includes provisions on merit promotions, performance evaluation, in-service training, overseas and local scholarships, training grants, incentive award system, among others.

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