Around 670 barangay workers received cash incentives in the municipality of Balamban last Nov. 28.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale led the ceremonial cash distribution inside Balamban Sports Complex.
Barangay health workers (BHW), day care workers (DCW), barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), and barangay animal health aide (BAHA) each received P2,400 while barangay tanods received P1,500 each.
“Maayo kay nagpadayon jud ang paghatag ani nga cash incentives para kanamo. Wala gyud me kalimte sa atong gobernador ug bise gobernador (It’s good that the distribution of cash incentives for us pushed through. This shows that the governor and the vice governor did not forget us),” said Elvira Ardiente, 44, resident of Ga-as, Balamban.
Ardiente has served as BHW in the upper barangay for 13 years.
“Nalipay ko nga makatabang sa akong isig ka tawo labi na sa mga kabataan kanang magkuha sa ila timbang ug magbakuna (I’m happy to be able to help, especially the weighing the children and providing them vaccines),” she said.
There are times she encountered problems during rainy season when they couldn’t easily have household vaccinations because their barangay is a landslide prone area.
“Pero usahay mopadayon lang jud ko kay mao man atong unahon jud ang pagpanerbisyo sa katawhan (Sometimes, I persevere and prepare myself for the rainy season because serving others is a priority),” she added.
Even when she just receive an honorarium P1,000 every month, she is committed to continue to support the health and welfare of her neighbors.
Davide announced that this year, the Cebu Provincial Government will distribute uniforms for all the barangay volunteers.
“Karun tuiga gipaspasan to na ang uniforms ug dako nga pasalamat nato sa legislative nila ni Vice Governor Magpale, Provincial Board Member Grecilda ‘Gigi’ Sanchez, Provincial Board Member Alex Binghay, ug uban board members kay ila kining idea nga hatagan ug uniporme ato barangay volunteers (This year, we are expediting the production of uniforms, thanks to the legislative branch led by Vice Governor Magpale, Provincial Board Member Grecilda ‘Gigi’ Sanchez, Provincial Board Member Alex Binghay and other board members because giving uniforms to the volunteers is their idea),” Davide said.
The uniform will be distributed before the end of this month and all barangay volunteers in the province will receive it.
The cash incentives distribution is an annual activity of the Cebu Provincial Government to the barangay workers as a reward for their services in the barangay.