The Cebu provincial government has finally released the long delayed barangay workers’ incentives.
After a three-month delay, due to unresolved legal issues, the incentives were distributed starting last month.
“Paningohaon namo nga karong tuiga ma release ang inyong incentives on time,” said Vice Governor Agnes Magpale. Magpale gave this assurance at the distribution in Compostela and Liloan towns last April 8.
In Liloan, there are 227 tanods, 128 barangay health workers (BHWs), 33 day care workers (DCWs), 14 barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs) and 14 barangay animal health aides (BAHA).
There are also 243 tanods, 98 BHWs, 33 DCWs, and 2 BAHAs in Compostela. Each tanod and BAHA received P1,500 while every BHW, DCW and BNS was given P2,400.
Magpale also urged the barangay captains to submit a list of all barangay officials and workers.
She said the provincial government is waiting for the names to be enrolled with the PhiHealth Insurance.
The barangay workers were thankful for the financial aid. They said they really needed the money since they sometimes shoulder their clients’ expenses.
“Usahay, kami na lang mopalit ug papel ug lapis para sa mga bata. Dili man gud tanan nga ginikan maka afford,” said Geralin Caballero, a DCW of Barangay Jubay, Liloan.
Maria Victoria Galo, a BHW of Compostela, was also happy with the Philhealth insurance to be sponsored by the Capitol. “Kinahanglan sad namo ang insurance kay risgo man among trabaho,” said Galo.
BHWs function like nurses in their neighborhood. They may be called to render work any time of day.
Instead of December, the Capitol only started distributing the incentives this year last March.
A legal question raised by the Commission on Audit (COA) last year delayed the distribution. After giving its justifications, the Capitol still has not yet received a reply from COA.
The local chief executives welcomed the distribution of the cash assistance. Compostela Mayor Joel Quiño thanked the province for recognizing the work of the barangay workers, whose volunteerism he respects. Xerxes Alkuino