SEN. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday highlighted the crucial role barangay health workers (BHWs) play in the delivery of basic health services to their communities.
“Now, more than ever, we realize the significance and the need for the services of our Barangay Health Workers,” Marcos said in his speech at the Barangay Health Workers Congress in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan province.
He noted that with the country’s population breaching the 100 million mark, there is an increase in the number of Filipinos suffering from various health problems.
Marcos said that with the high cost of medicine and doctor’s fees, ordinary people depend on BHWs to attend to their health concerns.
The senator noted that despite the heavy responsibilities and massive number of people that BHWs serve, they receive meager benefits, in part due to the inadequate budget of many local government units.
As chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, Marcos said he has been looking for ways to help LGUs to increase their share in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).
In addition Marcos cited his bill providing retirement benefits for barangay officials and workers, including the BHW, currently under plenary deliberation in the Senate.
“I assure you that I am giving top priority to this vital legislation so it can be enacted into law as soon as possible,” Marcos said.