AT LEAST 546 barangay health workers in Cebu City are hoping that the City Hall will reconsider the termination of their services so that they could return to work soon.
Cebu City Hall department heads met with representatives of BHWs at the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas and discussed various issues concerning the termination of their contracts. Tisa Barangay Captain Philip Zafra, who is also the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president, said he was glad that department heads listened to BHWs’ concerns and suggestions during the mediation.
“We have some suggestions and they also tried to listen to (our suggestions),” Zafra told reporters after the mediation.
Last July 12, about 546 village health workers received notifications about the termination of their services.
Most BHWs are receiving honoraria from their barangays, with additional amount given by City Hall.
They feared that operations in barangay health centers would suffer due to the lack of BHWs who will assist doctors and nurses.
During the mediation at the anti-graft office, Zafra said they discussed the termination BHWs and the audit observation report issued by the Commission on Audit. Zafra said they also discussed the issue of villages’ ambulance units that were recalled by the City Government.
He said they are hoping that the City would soon return the ambulance to the barangays so these could be used during emergencies.