THE Davao City Government granted more than P16.5 million as financial assistance to barangay personnel who rendered services during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte announced this on Tuesday, August 25, after receiving an endorsement letter from City Budget Officer Ermelinda Gallego.

Gallego said in the letter that the City Government allotted a total of P16,540,000 from the Supplemental Budget 2 as financial assistance to barangay personnel who rendered services during the ECQ period in the city.

According to the budget officer, the Office of the Barangay and Cultural Communities Affairs Division (BCCAD) of the City Mayor's Office is taking charge in the preparation of payrolls for the qualified personnel.

SunStar Davao reached out to Villafuerte for further details but she said the City Budget Office can further provide details as to who will be included in the additional financial assistance and how much.

But she said this was in response to the Resolution 01339-20 Series of 2020, passed in the 19th City Council in July this year.

This was a consolidated resolution from the three city councilors (Villafuerte, Diosdado Mahipus Jr., and Pamela Librado-Morata).

Villafuerte lobbied for the granting of additional hazard pay to barangay health workers (BHWs). Mahipus and Librado-Morata, meanwhile, lobbied to give hazard pay to all frontliners.

Villafuerte said all personnel who "physically report to work during the implementation" of the community quarantine, as stated by the Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, are entitled to a hazard pay.

"However, up to present time, our barangay health workers who are also frontliners have not received their hazard pay," Villafuerte said previously.

Mahipus Jr. and Librado-Morata, who filed a similar resolution in April this year, also reiterated his call to enact an ordinance granting Covid-19 hazard pay to barangay frontline personnel and barangay volunteer workers during the community quarantine.

Mahipus said the city should include all barangay volunteer workers including the barangay health workers (BHW), barangay volunteer workers (BVW), barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), barangay tanod, day care teachers, and all purok leaders to receive P500 per day "when they physically report for work risking the possibility of being infected" as they do the food packing for relief goods.