Issue of January 14, 2018
     
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With salary increase, Sarona urge police to improve service
by Ofelia C. Empian

With President Rodrigo Duterte recently signing an increase in salaries of police and military personnel, Police Regional Office-Cordillera Director, C/Supt. Francis Elmo Sarona, has urged the regional police force to double their efforts in serving the community.

“We have been further blessed this year with a higher salary, with some of us receiving a 100 percent increase on our base pay. It is even more incumbent upon us to return ten-fold to the community what we are enjoying by selflessly serving our countrymen,” Sarona said.

Sarona met all police directors of the six provinces and chiefs of police of key cities and towns in the region on Friday during the annual New Year’s call.

He said the increase in salary is a welcome development for the police force since all of them will benefit from the salary hike.

Duterte has signed the joint resolution earlier passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on Jan. 1. The move was one of his promises when he became President.

In the resolution, the modified base pay applies to all military personnel under the Department of National Defense, and all uniformed personnel under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority.

The highest increase, which is 100 percent, will be the rank of PO1 getting a monthly base pay of P29,668 from the previous P14,834.

The highest rank, which is the director general, will receive a 79 percent increase or taking home a monthly base pay of P121,143 from the previous P67,500. 

“But I believe una pa lang iyan and then as we go along, kami madodoble lahat ang salary. which is practically a motivating factor,” Sarona said. 

“Inspired lalo ang police natin in performing their job, siguro naman wala ng maging reason para maging financially distressed ang kapulisan natin, so much more that they will not anymore commit any mistakes financially,” he added.

The Cordillera police director commended everyone for their achievement at the very start of the year and for their accomplishment in 2017 especially in their contribution in managing the holidays with zero casualty for the New Year celebrations and the lowest number of firecracker injuries.

He then encouraged everyone to do better this year reminding the police that it is crucial for them to improve their service to the community.

He also emphasized enhancing and maintaining a strong partnership with the local government units and local chief executives so as to work hand in hand in policing and keeping the communities peaceful and safe.


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