Police troops should increase their competence in service to match the 100-percent increase in their base salary, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Director Oscal Albayalde said.
In an interview on radio station dzBB, Albayalde mentioned that local police should improve in providing quality service to the public.
“Kung sa morale naman po siguro, sino pa ba pong magbababa ng morale naman niya, eh doble-doble ang sweldong binigay sa atin,” he said.
“Kailangan naman siguro nating suklian ng pagseserbisyo ‘yung pag-doble ng ating sweldo. Wala na po kaming rason para ma-low morale pa,” he added.
Police, soldiers, and other uniformed personnel started receiving their paychecks with a 100-percent increase in their base pay this year, after the approval of the joint resolution which gives police officers (PO) I in the Philippine National Police or a private in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and equivalent ranks in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Public Safety College, and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority a 100-percent increase in base pay.
Albayalde’s statements also follow a recent incident where police officers were caught sleeping and drinking alcohol while on duty, thus resulting to low morale on on-the-spot inspections.
“‘Yan ay parte po ‘yan ng tinatawag nating alertness tsaka operational preparedness na sinasabi natin,” Albayalde said.
After these on-the-spot inspections, some 18 police officials have been sacked — one from Quezon City, two from Caloocan, four from Muntinlupa, and 11 from Pasay.
“Maliban po sa pagka-relieve nila, they will pay sa administrative punishment. Kung meron pong makitang talagang ebidensya, mag-summary hearing po ‘yan sila, at puwede po nilang ikasuspinde ‘yan,” Albayalde said.
“‘Pag ikaw ay nasuspinde sa serbisyo kahit na one day po, ‘yung buong bonus po na one year, tanggal po ‘yan,” he added.
He was referring to the productivity bonus of employees of the Philippine National Police (PNP) which ranges from P6,000 to P32,000, depending on the rank.