Budget dept allots P3 billion for 10,000 new police officer posts

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 24 2018 11:56 AM

A PNP officer watches the ongoing State of the Nation Address from the screen setup of the pro-Duterte supporters' program. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Department of Budget and Management on Wednesday said it allocated P3 billion for the creation of 10,000 Police Officer 1 positions.

This will bring the ratio of policemen to the population to 1 for every 505, close to the ideal 1 for every 500, the DBM said in a statement.

"The government eyes more recruits in the police force to ramp up efforts at addressing criminality in the country," Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said.

An additional P803 million was allocated for the creation of 3,000 new Fire Officer 1 positions and P576 million for 2,000 new Jail Officer 1 posts, the DBM said.