Some 1,523 barangay volunteer workers in Bantayan received their productivity incentives last March 27-28.
The local chief executives appreciated the provincial officials’ initiative to prioritize northern Cebu in the distribution.
These are among the areas that were badly hit by typhoon Yolanda last November. As Santa Fe Mayor Jose Esgana said, “Nalipay kaayo ko nga sa kinatibuk-an sa probinsya giuna gyud nila kita pagtagad.”
Governor Hilario P. Davide III, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale led the distribution. Provincial Board Members Joven Mondigo Jr. and Celestino “Tining” Martinez III were also there.
There are 444 barangay health workers (BHWs), barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), barangay animal health aides (BAHAs), day care workers (DCWs), and barangay tanods in Madridejos town; 673 in Bantayan; and 406 in Santa Fe.
“At last, naa na gyud ang among gihandum nga ihatag sa amoa (Finally, we have already received what we have been waiting for),” said Mary Calledo, a DCW of Barangay Cangwayan, Madridejos.
“Sa atong provincial government officials thank you so much financial assistance nga gihatag sa amoa, dako nig tabang sa amo, she added. (For our provincial government officials thank very much for the assistance. This is a big help for us).
Some of the barangay workers are not yet done rebuilding their homes. Apart from buying more construction materials, some will spend their incentives in the children’s graduation.
The distribution was supposed to be done earlier if not for the calamities. Magpale said it was nevertheless timely since this is usually the time they have more expenses.
Yolanda whipped around 90 to 95 percent of the infrastructures in three towns in Bantayan. It includes the houses, buildings, and livelihood of the town folks, who are mostly farmers and fishermen.
However, Martinez explained them that the help is not enough. But he urged them not to rely on donations and encouraged them to work hard.
“Kining atoa, tabang rani. Dili ni makasulbad sa atong problema. Ang makasulbad niini kita ra gyud. Mao nang molihok gyud ta,” he said.
Martinez also turned over P100,000 financial aid to the Association of Barangay Councils in Santa Fe.
Gov. Davide also attended the distribution ceremony in Bantayan. He, however, skipped the same activity on the following day in Santa Fe for other official duties in the mainland.