President Rodrigo Duterte just recently signed and approved Executive Order No. 201, series of 2016, officially providing the enlisted members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and uniformed members of the Philippine National Police an increase in combat pay amounting to PHP3,000.
The combat pay increase is a substantial upgrade from the previous combat pay rate, which only amounts to PHP500.
“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.” – EO 201, s. 2016
The qualified members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police will receive the increase in their combat pay starting October.
According to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, an additional combat incentive of PHP300 per day will be provided for members of the armed forces, the national police, and other uniformed personnel who actually participate in combat operations against insurgents, terrorist and other criminal elements.
He also disclosed that the increase in combat pay allowance is separate and distinct from their salary increase, which was promised by President Duterte earlier this year.
It can be recalled that President Duterte made multiple visits to different military camps earlier this year, and vowed for a salary increase for members of the armed forces.
Diokno has since ruled out the salary increase and shared that the promised increase in salary of the military and uniformed personnel by the end of this year, which was made by the President is impossible, because of budget constraints.
He, however, was quick to add that the government has reserved PHP39.59 billion of the proposed 2017 national budget for the planned salary increase for members of the armed forces, national police and other uniformed personnel for next year.
Read the full text of Executive Order No. 201, s. 2016 HERE.