Barangay officials will soon get additional incentives for their services under a bill citing their role as active leaders in the country’s rural areas.
Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles of Davao City authored House Bill 1693 or the proposed “Barangay Incentives Act of 2013,” which seeks to promote and enhance efficiency and responsiveness among barangay officials and employees.
“These are government workers who make democracy work at the grassroots level in the smallest territorial and political subdivision of the government which is the barangay,” Nograles said.
Under the bill, the salaries of barangay officials, including Barangay Tanods and members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa shall be exempt from income taxation.
All barangay officials and employees shall be considered members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and shall be covered with life insurance and social security protection, including retirement, disability, separation and unemployment benefits and such other benefits that may be extended by the GSIS, subject to limitations provided by law.
Barangay officials will also be covered by government medical and health insurance programs.
Moreover, barangay officials and employees who may be involved as party litigants in administrative or criminal cases filed in connection with the performance of their duties shall be entitled to the free legal services of the Public Attorney’s Office who shall facilitate the legal representation of such officials and employees.