Senator pushes for salary of village execs-A A +A
Sunday, September 2, 2012
OFFICIALS of the country’s 42,000 barangays may soon be a wage earners if Senate Bill 2868 pushed by Senator Francis Escudero will be acted into law.
Escudero said instead of just honoraria and allowances, barangay officials should be given a monthly salary.
“Dapat naman siguro may sweldo na sila at hindi honorarium lamang. Mas araw-araw ang trabaho nila kaysa sa aming mga senador na four times a week lamang at may pension pa kami pero sa mga nasa barangay ay wala at honorarium lamang,” Escudero said.
SB 2868 seeks to increase the benefits of barangay officials and provide the prevailing minimum wage in the region per month for Sangguniang Barangay members, Barangay treasurer and Barangay secretary.
The bill also provides a minimum wage rate plus 20 percent for the village chief.
It also seeks to amend the Local Government Code of 1991, which specifies that a village chief gets a minimum of a P1,000 honorarium per month while other elected village officials get P600 per month.
“Our proposal is to significantly increase the monetary compensation being received by barangay officials. It would be the minimum wage rate in the region,” Escudero said.
The senator emphasized that this is in recognition of the fact that life is difficult nowadays, citing that village officials are receiving only allowances and honoraria.
“The problem with allowances and honoraria is we can’t use that as basis for pensions and retirement benefits of barangay officials,” Escudero added.
He noticed that there are barangay tanods and day care workers who were serving for 10 years and 15 years and yet after serving the barangay, they receive nothing.
The senator said if allowances and honoraria receive by these village officials are converted to salary, there is now a basis to compute their pension and retirement benefits.
While there is a proposal to postpone the barangay elections next year, Escudero said it is time for the government to review the use of barangay funds and come up with a comprehensive law on the election of village officials and the budget allotted to each barangay.
Barangay elections are schedule on the first Monday of October 2013, five months after the May mid-term elections.
There is a proposal at the House of Representatives, however, to move the election to October 2015.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 02, 2012.