SUSANA Mainit of Barangay Angilan, Aloguinsan has been a barangay health worker (BHW) for 32 years.

It was only on her 14th year that the 69-year-old received an honorarium.

She used the money to raise her seven children.

Serbisyo lang jud among tuyo ang mag-awhag sa mga matag ginikanan unsaon pag-atiman sa ilang mga anak (I am just here to serve the public by encouraging parents how to properly take care of their children),” Mainit said.

Mainit was one of the barangay workers that received an honorarium from the Capitol last December.

BHWs, day care workers, barangay nutritition scholars and barangay animal health aides were given P2,400 each, while barangay tanods got P1,500 each.

Gov. Hilario Davide III and Provincial Board Member Grecilda Sanchez headed the cash distribution in Aloguinsan and Barili last Dec. 4.

Mainit volunteered to give primary health care services in the community in 1983.


She underwent three-month training on maternal and child health care and basic training on community health care delivery.

In 1997, she started receiving P25 from the barangay captain. It wasn’t until 2004 that Mainit received a monthly honorarium of P150 from the barangay.

She was glad that the barangay raised the amount to P360 in 2015.

Nalipay ko nga nakaserbisyo sa mga katawhan ug gitagaan ko sa Ginoo ug maayo nga panglawas bisan karun edaran na (I’m happy that I can serve the people and God gave me good health),” Mainit said.

More than 670 barangay workers also received cash assistance in Balamban. Some 250 were BHWs.

Davide and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale led the distribution of cash incentives at the Balamban Sports Complex.

One of them was 44-year-old Elvira Ardiente of Barangay Ga-as. She has been a BHW volunteer 13 years in the upland area of the barangay.

“I am happy that I have helped people, especially the youth, when I check their weight and give them vaccines,” she said in Cebuano.

During the distribution, Davide announced that the Capitol will distribute uniforms to barangay volunteers.