STARTING December 2019, Capitol will double the incentive of all barangay tanods and increase those of all barangay health workers (BHWs) under its jurisdiction.
As promised during the election campaign, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said the annual incentive of BHWs, barangay animal health aides and barangay nutrition scholars will be increased from P2,400 to P4,000.
Tanods will receive P3,000 a month, or double the amount of P1,500 they are getting..
Garcia said the barangay workers’ incentive from the Province had not been increased since she stepped down as governor six years ago.
It was during her administration when the barangay workers first received the incentive.
“I will give what I promised them... this December. So they will have money in time for Christmas,” Garcia told reporters on Thursday, July 4.
She said she will request the Provincial Board to pass a supplemental budget to include the additional funds needed for the incentives.
The governor could not say yet how much the supplemental budget would be as she still has to discuss it with department heads.
Capitol will also have to update the list of recipients since there are local government units (LGUs) that have new officials who might have changed the number of their BHWs.
The supplemental budget will also include the budget for the rehabilitation of provincial roads, improvement of water systems in the towns and barangays and other assistance the Province can extend.
Apart from infrastructure, Garcia said she wants Capitol to focus on the welfare of the barangay workers who are frontliners in the barangays.
According to Garcia, an initial review of the 2019 budget showed that the Province has only P89,000 left out of the P266-million budget for aid to LGUs and barangays.
“So, there is really a need to include it in the supplemental budget because the barangays need help with a lot of things,” Garcia said. (from SCG of SuperBalita Cebu/LRC)