MANILA, Philippines- Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa the lack of benefits for police officers who became permanently disabled due to their work.
In the Senate panel budget hearing this Friday, Dela Rosa disclosed that he received complaints from some police officers who were disabled during service regarding receiving five-year benefits instead of continuous retirement compensation.
“Why didn’t he reach 20 years in the service, his classification is separated and not retired?” according to the lawmaker who is a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.
He was referring to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Act of 1990, known as Republic Act 6975, which mandates compulsory retirement for officers and non-officers who have been disabled on duty.
If the individual has served more than two decades, RA 6975 stipulates that he “will be separated from the service and be entitled to a separation pay equivalent to one and one-fourth (11/4) months base pay for each year of service, or a fraction thereof, and longevity pay of the permanent grade he holds.”
Officials of the PNP and the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended that the law be amended to help the affected policemen.
After four hours of deliberation, the Senate Committee on Finance approved the P251.18-billion budget for 2023 that was raised by the DILG and its attached agencies. RNT/SA
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