Police pensioners expect release soon of differentials PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 June 2013 11:08

Police pensioners expect the release soon of the balance of the six-month differentials following the national peaceful protest rally staged by the Police Retirees Association, Inc (PRAI) at DBM central and regional offices last May 10, 2013.

Police Sr. Supt. (Ret.)  JulmunierA. Jubail, CSEE, Chairman/President of PRAI Region 9 (PRAI 9) Chapter, said that due to shortfall in the budget released by DBM on May 8, 2013, the six-month differentials which were sourced from the Pension and Gratuity Fund (PGF) could only support three instead of six-month differentials.

Jubail explained that the police pensioners consist of three groups: Retirees, Survivors and Transferees. On the average, the retirees, around 35,000 nationwide, expect to get at least P3,500, while the survivors (5,251) about P2,500 and the transferees (9,308) around P2,000 in monthly differentials depending on the retirement rank and years of active service but not less than 20 years. Per estimate of the PRAI National Chapter, the government still owes the police pensioners the total of 28-29 months of pension differentials under the 3rd Salary Standardization Law (SSL3) signed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which was endorsed earlier by Congress in Joint Resolution No.4, series of 2009 and made effective in July 2009 to be released in four tranches (2009-2012). While the active policemen received their first tranche in July 2009, it was only in July 2010 that the retired cops were released the first tranche or a year delayed accounting for the accumulation of differentials. So far, only 20 of the supposed 48-49 months of pension differentials have been claimed and 28- 29 months are still awaiting funding by DBM.

Meantime, police pensioners are advised to be more open-minded and pray for the timely release of their long-awaited differentials by DBM but at the same time to exercise utmost vigilance and remain steadfast. As per instruction from the National PRAI, the holding of peaceful protest rally will only be resorted to again, “if our voices and representation remain unheard and unacted.” — Chief Insp. (ret.) Eduardo M. De Guzman