BHW incentives assured in legislation in Davao Norte

may 22, 2014
Incentives and benefits for the barangay health workers have been assured in legislation in Asuncion town in Davao del Norte.
Davao del Norte Liga ng mga Barangay provincial president Edgar Castillo
pushed “The Municipality of Asuncion Health Workers and Incentives Ordinance of 2014” with an appropriation of P450,000 from the general fund.
Davao del Norte Liga ng mga Barangay president Edgar Castillo

Davao del Norte Liga ng mga Barangay president Edgar Castillo

It  assured that the municipality shall appropriate a local fund for the BWH monthly honorarium which shall not be less than P150 per month.
The honorarium would be added of hazard and subsistence allowance which shall be determined by the Barangay Local Government Unit Health Board.
Besides the monthly honorarium and allowances, Castillo’s BHW ordinance also provided for a terminal fee of P500 per year of service for those BHWs who have reached the age of 65 and has served the barangay for a total of ten years of continuous service, provided however that the terminal fee shall not exceed P10,000 per BHW.
The ordinance also stressed on the grant of second grade civil eligibility for those BHWs who have rendered five years of continuous service, provided that should the BHW becomes a regular employee of government, the total number of years served as BHW shall be credited to his service in computing retirement benefits.
The proposed ordinance reasoned that the BHWs are frontliners in the delivery of primary health care services to barangay people and that while performing their duty they are exposed to hostile situations, dangers and risk, and for such their invaluable services should be recognized with the LGUs providing assured benefits and incentives to them.
At press time, the proposed ordinance is about to be approved by the municipal council of Asuncion following support and endorsement he obtained from Mayor Joseph Nilo Parrenas.
Castillo has urged the rest of the ten municipal and city ligas in the province to do the same to recognize the invaluable health services rendered by the BHWs.(Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)
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