Frontline workers to get incentive this February

The productivity incentive of the barangay workers in the province will be released this February.

This was what Governor Hilario P. Davide III assured the barangay captains in a summit held at the municipality of Santander last week.

Davide requested the barangay captains to relay the information to the barangay workers.

Provincial Treasurer Emmanuel Guial already signed the vouchers of the barangay health workers (BHWs), tanods, day care workers (DCWs), and barangay nutrition scholars (BNS).

There are 14,713 tanods, 8,050 BHWs, 904 BNS, and 1,621 day care workers (DCWs) registered in the province.

Meanwhile, the vouchers of the Barangay Animal Health Aides (BAHA) are already at the pre-audit office. The signature of the provincial treasurer is the last step before the checks are released to its recipients.

The BHWs, BNS, and DCWs will receive P2,400 each, while the tanods and BAHAs will get P1,500. The total amount of incentive reached P48 million this year, a bit higher than the P46,806,600 it released in 2012.

The Commission on Audit, in its audit observation memorandum last year, questioned the distribution of such amount. It said there was no legal basis for the grant.

However, Provincial Legal Officer Orvi Ortega argued that the giving of incentive is allowed under Sections 3.2 and of the Local Budget Circular 73.

The said circular is not to be confused with Section 4.2 of the Local Budget Circular No. 63, which prohibits the local government units to grant compensation to barangay officials and employees in the form of honorarium or salary increase. Xerxes Alkuino