Mayor studying basis in paying BHWs-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
BACOLOD administrator Rolando Villamor said Mayor Monico Puentevella is studying if all Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) of the city are entitled to their allowances.
The Bacolod City Council, in a resolution it passed last week, had requested Puentevella to act on the request of the BHWs for the release of their allowances since July.
Lydia Drua, president of the Federation of Barangay Health Workers of Bacolod City, earlier said there are about 255 BHWs who have not received their allowances from the city since the new administration came in last July.
Drua said each BHW receives an allowance of P3,500 a month from the City Government.
She recalled that in the past, they rendered services on voluntary basis and it was during the Valdez administration that they started receiving allowances of P300 a month.
When the Leonardia administration came in, their allowance was raised to P500 until it reached P3,500 a month, she added.
Drua has also requested for a supplemental budget for the allowance of BHSs for November and December.
Villamor said that before they can receive their salary, they should be accredited.
"We are reviewing the law covering this, to see if there is a need for a new reaccreditation," he said.
Villamor said if there is no need, he believes that the mayor will act on their request favorably especially if it was proven that they have continued to work since July up to the present.
Drua said they are already accredited based on Republic Act 7883, or the Barangay Health Workers Benefits and Incentives Act of 1995.
In her letter to the City Council dated September 24, Drua said the previous administration had allocated a budget for the allowance of BHW amounting to P9,180,000. They have consumed P594,000 for six months covering January to June.
When the new administration started last July, the remaining balance for their allowance was only P3,586,000 for July to October, she said.
Drua said they wrote Mayor Monico Puentevella last July 19 requesting for the release of their allowance, adding that she requested Puentevella for a supplemental budget for two months amounting to P1,785,000 covering November and December.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 09, 2013.