Senator Raffy Tulfo introduced a measure imposing a more extensive set of grants for the benefits, subsidy and compensation for barangay officials, personnel and volunteer workers, including tanods and barangay health workers.
Tulfo filed Senate Bill No. 1696 providing a Magna Carta for these barangay workers that have been neglected for the longest time in terms of benefits, salaries, and allowances.
“Ilan na sa mga tanod ang napabalitang nasaktan, nadisgrasya at nagbuwis ng buhay sa tawag ng tungkulin. Ilan na rin sa mga barangay health workers ang nagbuwis din ng buhay noong panahon ng pandemya,” the legislator said.
“Dahil sa pagganap nila sa kanilang tungkulin, sila ay napasama sa mga naging biktima ng COVID-19.”
“Dahil sa pagganap nila sa kanilang tungkulin, sila ay napasama sa mga naging biktima ng COVID-19,” the lawmaker stressed.
The senator’s bill seeks to remedy such predicament by imposing a minimum and maximum salary rate in which they are entitled to, stressing that barangay officials, personnel and volunteer workers serve as the backbone of the nation.
Here, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is the one mandated to develop a standardized Position Classification and Compensation Scheme for barangay officials, personnel, and volunteer workers.
SB No. 1696 requires that they be covered by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) social insurance program, PhilHealth Insurance Program and PagIBIG Fund.
“Hazard Allowance, as well as death and burial Benefits, are also granted to public servants like them.”
Under said measure, hazard Allowance, as well as death and burial Benefits, are also granted to public servants like them.
His bill, to be known as “Magna Carta for Barangay Officials, Personnel and Volunteer Workers,” likewise aims to provide a preferential treatment for barangay officers in their conferment of civil service eligibility and in government appointments.
“It is imperative that we recognize the tireless effort and sacrifices of our barangay officials, personnel and volunteer workers by giving them their due,” Tulfo concluded.