House Deputy Majority Leader and Bagong Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera is pushing for a bigger honorarium and Christmas bonus for barangay (village) officials and workers.
Rep. Bernadette Herrera
Herrera’s House Bill (HB) 5846 seeks to amend Republic Act 7160, or the “Local Government Code of 1991” to raise incentives of all barangay workers.
The bill proposes a minimum of P10,000 in monthly honorarium for barangay captains; P8,000 for barangay members, treasurers and secretaries; and P5,000 for barangay tanod (peace officer) and members of the lupon ng tagapamayapa (Pacification Committee).
The measure also wants a Christmas bonus of P3,000 for each barangay worker.
“Barangay workers currently receive small compensation and honoraria that are inadequate for their families’ needs. They do not enjoy much benefits from performing their mandate of addressing day-to-day issues of their communities. It is only apt to revise the core law that provides for the benefits of barangay workers,” Herrera said.
Aside from higher incentives, HB 5486 also seeks to provide barangay officials and workers with greater medical benefits such as discounts and exemption from value-added tax on the purchase of medicines and on the professional fees of doctors in all private hospitals.
“This measure recognizes the contribution of barangay officials and workers to the holistic and effective governance in the country. We must ensure the welfare of the public by empowering our barangay officials and workers who are at the frontfront of government service,” the lawmaker said.
HB 5486 is pending at the House Committee on Local Government.