Making her way through the crowd on a wheelchair, 70-year-old Estelita Pulgo, a barangay health worker (BHW) from Alcantara town, lined herself in a queue and patiently waited for her turn to receive her P2,400 cash incentive from the Capitol inside the town’s sports complex.
For Pulgo, the cash gift, given to all barangay workers in the province, is a huge help to them. She expressed her gratitude to Gov. Hilario P. Davide III, who led the distribution last Thursday in south Cebu.
Davide, together with Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale, distributed a total of P4.564 million cash to 2,507 BHWs, barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), day-care-workers (DCW), barangay tanods and barangay lupons in the towns of Barili, Dumanjug and Alcantara.
BHWs, DCWs and BNSs received P2,400 each, while the tanods and lupons were given P1,500 each. There were 1,078 barangay workers in Barili; 1,183 workers in Dumanjug and 246 workers in Alcantara.
In his message to the barangay workers, Davide thanked them for their unconditional service to their respective towns.
“Dunay mga BHW na di na kauli sa ilaha, mouli lang kung mokaon. Hinaut nga magpabilin kining inyong maayong buhat,” said Davide.
Pulgo, who became a BHW in 1985, said she served their barangay even when there was no salary or allowance involved. She said she enjoys helping mothers and children and continues to do so even if she already has trouble walking due to her arthritis.
Vice Gov. Magpale said that the best way to attain the Davide administration’s “Kalambuan sa Matag Sugbuanon” goal is to capacitate the province’s front liners, like the barangay workers.
Apart from the cash aid, legal, health and nutrition trainings are provided to them, as well as nutrition supplements and over-the-counter medicines for distribution.
The “holiday incentive” is intended for 2017, said Davide.
However, he explained that due to some delays of barangays in submitting names to the Capitol and in the processing of payrolls, not to mention the numerous LGUs they need to serve, the schedule of the distribution went beyond the holiday season.