• Allowance for barangay volunteers eyed

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    A modest P1,500 monthly allowance for volunteer workers in Philippine barangays is proposed at the House of Representatives.

    Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, vice chairman of the Good Government and Public Accountability panel, made the pitch under House Bill 5005 or the Barangay Volunteer Workers Act, noting that the workers deserve this kind of relief in the light of the crucial role they play in providing social services.

    “These volunteers need incentives because they implement the health and nutrition programs (given by barangay health workers) and ensure peace and order (done by barangay tanods). A P1,500 monthly allowance is still below the minimum rate under Salary Grade 1,” she said.

    Robredo, a lawyer, also pushed for a Philhealth coverage, free medical check up in government-run hospitals, and training sessions on human rights, disaster response and risk reduction, among others.

    “We need to help them keep up their good work,” Robredo, wife of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, added.

    Earlier, a measure granting benefits for the barangay volunteer workers was approved by the 15th Congress but was not enacted into law.

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