GSIS may soon include barangay officials: Drilon-A A +A
Sunday, June 1, 2014
SENATE President Franklin M. Drilon said the leaderships of the Senate and the House have agreed to work on expanding the coverage of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to include the country’s barangay officials.
Drilon, speaking before delegates of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas-Bulacan Provincial Chapter Convention held in Davao City on Friday, said barangay officials and workers will get more benefits once the various measures that seek to give them additional remunerations, particularly the granting of retirement pensions and loan packages, are passed into law.
“We in Congress recognize the barangay leaders’ contribution to the community as front-liners of government service, so it is high time that we accord them the recognition and benefits the state is supposed to give to its workers,” Drilon said.
In the Senate, Drilon is the author of Senate Bill No. 467, which seeks to “amend Presidential Decree No. 1146, as amended, to expand and increase the coverage and benefits of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to include elected and appointed barangay officials.”
A similar version of the bill was also filed by the senator in the previous 15th Congress. Last Tuesday, the bill was tackled by Senate Committee on Finance.
Once the bill is enacted, the barangays officials from almost 42,000 barangays in the country can qualify for retirement benefits and other kinds of loans such as housing, salary, education and calamity loans, among others which the insurance agency is providing to state workers.
Under the bill, the compensation, honoraria and other emoluments being received by the barangay officials will be the basis in computing their contributions to GSIS. (ANC)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 02, 2014.