Governor Hilario P. Davide III made the announcement during the distribution of incentives in northern Cebu. Vice Governor Agnes Magpale also assured that the distribution will continue under the new administration. “Ang saad sa gobernador kung mahitabo gani kung nay daghang pundo ang Kapitolyo iya pa man ganing pun-an,” said Magpale. Magpale led the distribution of cash to the beneficiaries in the towns of Sogod and Catmon. She was accompanied by Provincial Board Members Jude Durano-Sybico and her son Miguel Antonio Magpale. Gov. Davide failed to attend the activity for another appointment in Manila on Tuesday, March 25.
Arlene Pepito, a Catmon day care worker (DCW) president, was very thankful for the good news. She said they really needed a raise as the prices of commodities had already spiraled. “Mas labing maayo, kahibaw gyud si Gov. Davide kung unsa gyud karisgo ang among gimbuhaton. Nisaad man siya namo katong pag-ari niya (It is better. The governor knows how risky our job is.
“This is what he promised to us when he went here”, said Becaldo, 57, a mother of 10 children. A barangay health worker (BHW), Becaldo heard of the increase when the governor visited Sogod earlier. Becaldo was one of Sogod’s 102 BHWs who received their financial assistance. The town also has 21 DCWs, 211 tanods, and 9 barangay animal health aides. Catmon’s 94 BHWs, 20 barangay nutrition scholars, 33 DCWs, and 149 tanods also received their incentives. All the barangay workers will get P2,400 each except BAHA and tanods who will receive P1,500 each. There are 14,713 tanods, 8,050 BHWs, 904 BNS, and 1,621 DCWs and 431 BAHAs registered in the province. Magpale said the total amount of incentives reached P47 million for this year. Xerxes Alkuino