• VP: Treat brgy. execs as regular govt workers

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    Barangay officials should become regular employees of the government to enable them to receive mandated benefits given to public servants, Vice President Jejomar Binay said.

    Binay said he had been pushing for barangay officials to become government employees since his stint as mayor of Makati.

    He lamented the fact that barangay officials do not get any benefits when they retire.

    During his visit to Calasiao, Pangasinan on Tuesday, Binay suggested that barangay officials should be members of the Pag-IBIG Fund, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

    “These memberships are mandatory if you are a government employee,” he added.

    The Vice President said a bill to this effect was filed in the previous Congress but was not approved.

    He asked his daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay to revive the measure.

    At the same time, Binay also pushed for a review of the salary schemes of barangay officials.

    In 2012, Binay, who chairs the Pag-IBIG Fund, announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Fund and the Liga ng mga Barangay that allows barangay chairmen and their councilmen to become Pag-IBIG members.

    As members, barangay officials would be able to avail of multi-purpose loans for educational, health and other needs.

    They may also secure calamity loans and housing loans, as well as other benefits that the Fund offers.

    Barangay officials, including barangay captains, kagawads and health workers currently receive a monthly honorarium instead of a fixed regular income.

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