Party List Rep. Pushes More Benefits for Brgy. Workers

A Negros-based party-list representative is pushing for the lump sum retirement benefits for barangay officials and workers.

In his proposal contained House Bills 0619 and 0618, Abang Lingkod party-list Representative Stephen Paduano wants village officials, including watchmen, members of Lupong Tagapamayapa, and barangay health workers (BHWs) to be given fixed honoraria and additional incentives and benefits to BHWs.

Padunao said that his proposal is now at the Technical Working Group of the House committee on local government.

He also said he has also filed filed the bills because he sees the vital role of village officials especially the watchmen, Lupon members, BHWs in protecting the health and peace and order of their respective village which serves as the primary planning and implementing unit of government programs, projects, and activities.

They are serving the villages on voluntary basis and receive very meager allowances which could not suffice for the risk and services they render, he pointed out.

Paduano expressed optimism that Congress would be able to approve these relevant bills in the operations of the villages.*(NDB)