In Camotes Island, Governor Hilario Davide III fulfilled campaign vows to continue the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) incentives’.
During his campaign caravan in Camotes last year, rumors spread incentives will be stopped if Davide wins.
In his talks with BHWs in Pilar last April 2013, Davide said, “Dili kana tinuod nga atung undangon ang inyong incentives. Kung kita ang maka lingkod sa Kapitolyo, ato nang ipadayon og pun-a pa ta na.”
On April 3-4, a year after the promise, Gov. Davide distributed almost P3 million cash incentives in Camotes. Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, and other Capitol officials joined the governor.
Some 1,510 Barangay Health Workers (BHW), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Day Care Center Workers (DCCW), Barangay Animal Health Aides (BAHA), and Barangay Tanods benefited in the bonus distributed by the provincial government.
Mrs. Jobel Davide, wife of the governor, was also present at the cash incentives’ distribution. In commending the barangay workers’ efforts, she called them the “unsung heroes” of the province.
“Their cash allowance is very small compared to their sacrifices,” Mrs. Davide added.
Teresita Valenzuela, was one of the 264 barangay workers of Brgy. Kawit, Pilar Camotes Island who gathered in front of the barangay hall. Awaiting for the distribution, she recalled the hardships of being a BHW. She performed a lot of tasks including assisting midwives/nurses and giving medicines to children.
Valenzuela has six children and her husband is a fisherfolk. She is grateful to the provincial government for the cash allowance and said it will be a big help to their family.
“Nalipay jud mi nga ni ari sila” Valenzuela enthused.
Provincial board members Migs Magpale and Jude Durano Sybico were also present in the distribution of cash incentives.
The local chief executives in Camotes Island warmly received the provincial officials.
Davide recognized the contributions of all the barangay workers as frontliners in dispensing public service. Diane Higida