By Chito Chavez
The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has approved an increase in the retirement and separation benefits of uniformed members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Through resolution number 2018-435, the commission en banc approved the pay adjustment in recognition of the invaluable service rendered by the PNP men.
Napolcom Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that prior to that increase, survivors of an officer or non-officer with at least 20 years of active service, who dies in line of duty, are entitled to a monthly annuity equivalent to 50 percent of the deceased PNP member’s base and longevity pay.
He said that this is based on the next grade higher than his separation grade to be divided in equal shares and with the right to accretion.
The PNP shall now adopt the computation on retirement benefits under Section 34 of Republic Act No. 8551 which grants the beneficiaries a monthly retirement pay of 50 percent of the base pay and longevity pay in the next grade higher than the permanent grade last held, increasing by 2.5 percent for every year of active service rendered beyond 20 years to a maximum of 90 percent, 36 years and above of active service.
“Such amendment is necessary as the PNP observed the seeming inequality on the benefits being received by the survivors of PNP personnel who died in line of duty and had actively served the institution for at least 20 years, and the survivors of those who rendered at least 20 years of active service and had retired from the service,” Casurao said.
The new Napolcom resolution amends Section 14 of the Board of Officers’ Resolution No. 8 which provides for the establishment of a retirement and separation benefit system for the uniformed personnel of the PNP.
The Board of Officers’ resolution was adopted by the NAPOLCOM through Resolution No. 92-7, dated June 26, 1992.
A copy of Resolution No. 2018-435 was forwarded to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for its information and consideration.