Some 1,390 barangay workers in the towns of Argao and Dalaguete received their productivity incentives last May 29.
For some legal questions, the distribution of the cash incentives was delayed for around five months. This was supposed to be distributed in time for Christmas. But it could not have could come at a better time with the opening of classes.
“Halos tanan man gud namo naay gipa eskwela. Timing kaayo para ipalit ug mga galamiton sa eskuylahan (Most of us have students. This is timely for us to buy school supplies),” said Lolita Sentino, president of Dalaguete Barangay Health Workers.
The distributions were held at the respective gyms of the municipalities. Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, who hails from Argao, was warmly welcomed in his hometown. Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and Provincial Board Member Peter John Calderon were also present during the event.
The cash incentive is given as recognition for the barangay workers’ valuable contribution to the community. Unlike in other towns, the barangay workers in Dalaguete have no allowances from their municipal government. But they are receiving monthly stipend from their respective barangays.
In Argao, there were barangay workers who were dropped off from list by their barangay captains but were picked up by their municipal government.
One of them was Leoniza Fajardo, president of Argao Barangay Heath Workers. She said they were very thankful to the governor. She said they understood why their cash gift was delayed. She also admitted that their allowances as barangay workers, could not really sustain their daily needs.
“Little things mean a lot,” said Fajardo who became a breadwinner of her family after her husband suffered a stroke two years ago.
The barangay health workers, day care workers and barangay nutrition scholars received Php 2,400 each while every barangay animal health aides and tanods got Php 1,500.
Gov. Davide, in his message to the barangay workers, said he wants to release their incentives on time this December. He also plans to increase it next year.
“Actually, kontento mi kon unsay ihatag tungod grasya mana sa Ginoo apan kon pun-an mas labing maayo (We are content with whatever is given to us because it is a blessing from God. But, if cash gift will be increased, it will also be good for us),” she said.