Soldiers thrilled over higher take-home pay

Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2017 06:46 PM

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) greeted 2017 with a smile after seeing a bump in their first salary of the year.

"Our soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines, including civilian personnel, were happily surprised when they received their respective increases reflected in their first pay slip for the year 2017," Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo, chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office, said Saturday.

"For this, we thank the commander-in-chief (Rodrigo Duterte) for his manifest regard to the morale and welfare of his men in the AFP," 

Military and uniformed personnel, including all civil servants, are due to receive an increased take-home pay starting this month. 

This is the second installment of the implementation of Executive Order 201.

The four-tranche salary adjustment scheme was adopted, budgeted, and continued by the Duterte administration. 

With this approach, the compensation of AFP personnel approximates the pay of their counterparts in private corporations to at least 70 percent of the median of salaries received by employees working in companies outside the military.

A monthly provisional allowance to be implemented in four tranches subject to tax deduction was given to Armed Forces workers. 

For instance, a soldier with the rank of sergeant will receive a monthly provisional allowance of P1,718 for the year 2017. 

By 2018, he stands to receive P2,650 and by 2019 he will be receiving P3,633.

Arevalo added that soldiers will also receive a higher hazard pay starting this month.

From the 2016 rate of P390, soldiers stand to receive P540 per month for this year. 

They will be receiving P690 in 2018 and P840 in 2019 for the last tranche.

"The increase in our soldiers' wage is a big help to our soldiers who are mostly breadwinners and are often the only provider in their families," Arevalo said.

"This will certainly uplift the morale of uniformed and non-uniformed AFP personnel who, although not seeking for an increase, were bequeathed with such benefit."