With their allowances suspended, Toledo City Barangay workers welcomed Capitol’s distribution of productivity incentives.
Cebu Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale spearheaded the distribution last May 22.
“Nagpasalamat gyud mi sa Capitol tungod sugod Enero wala nami kadawat sa among allowances gikan sa city hall,” said Evelyn Cabanilla, a barangay nutrition Scholar (BNS).
The city government provided Php 1,200 each to the barangay workers monthly. This is on top of the allowances they receive from their respective barangays. Based on 2013 data, Toledo has 746 barangays workers: 606 tanods, 54 day care workers, 40 barangay health workers and 46 BNSs.
Vice Mayor Antonio Yapha Sr. explained that they could not release their allowances because of legal issues. The court has issued a temporary restraining order in the implementation of the city’s annual budget.
As a result, the city government could not give the salaries of its employees, including the allowances of the barangay workers.
Magpale also explained the delay of the distribution of Capitol’s cash gift. This was supposedly given during Christmas season last year, as practiced in the previous years. But its legality was also questioned by a government body that caused the delay.
Meanwhile, the Pinamungahan Municipal Mayor Glen Barricuatro also welcomed the distribution of cash incentives on the same day.
Also present were Provincial Board Members Alex Binghay and Grecilda Sanchez-Zaballero and former Mayor Geraldine Yapha who celebrated her birthday.
The recipients were among those in the list of the barangay workers submitted by their barangay captains in 2013. The barangay captains will then again submit new lists of barangays workers this year. This will become the basis for this year’s beneficiaries of the cash incentives.