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Duterte’s promise: 20 kilos per month to all uniformed personnel

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said all uniformed personnel will receive a rice allowance per month to fulfill the President’s promise of doubling their compensation.

The beneficiaries include the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police , Bureau of Fire Protection and Philippine’s Coast Guard.

“Definitely, it (doubling of salary) will happen but not this year,” Diokno said. “Because it involves a huge amount but we are looking for ways and means to fulfill the President’s promise.”

According to PhilStar report, Diokno said he has submitted a recommendation to Duterte to start increasing the take-home pay of uniformed military and police personnel later this year or early next year.

“We will be able to fulfill the President’s promise of doubling their compensation starting in January 2018. Otherwise, it could take six years or until 2022 (when Duterte’s term ends),” he said.

However, Diokno did not say how much the rice allowance will cost the government, He stressed that the rice allowance would be sourced from the National Food Authority.

source: Philippine Star

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