Minimum wage eyed for auxiliary cops

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she plans to include in next year's budget a minimum wage rate of allowance for Davao City Auxiliary cops.

"They will still be volunteers but I promised that by next year their allowance is based on the minimum wage in the time which they rendered duty," she told reporters yesterday after the boodle fight as part of the thanksgiving for DCPO auxiliary members who were instrumental to the success of the events in the city last March.

Duterte-Carpio said she will get the budget from the City Government.

"We will incorporate it for the budgeting process of 2019, so it will start in January 2019, the only condition is that they have volunteered at least one year as police auxiliary, so if they have not reached one year service, they cannot avail it," she said.

She added that from the P6,000 allowance, which the trained auxiliary cops receive monthly, they will then get the standard wage of a regular employee who works from Monday to Friday or five days a week.

"They will take home around P8,000, the usual amount which the employees receive," she said.

Auxiliary police members lauded the mayor's pronouncement.

City Director of the Davao City Police Office Police Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum said the increase of allowance will really help the living situations of the families of the police auxiliaries.

"Their families now will have a clear source of living. They don't have to get involved in illegal means to survive, now they can apply for police auxiliary and will provide service for peace," he said.
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