By Bernadette Tamayo | Journal Online
The Senate on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure — authored by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. — granting retirement benefits for barangay officials and workers.
Senate Bill No. 12 provides a retirement pay of P100,000 for each qualified barangay chairman, P80,000 for each member of the Sangguniang Barangay, and P50,000 each for the barangay treasurer, secretary, barangay tanod, member of the lupon ng tagapamayapa, barangay health and day care workers.
Marcos lamented that while barangay officials and workers are serving in the frontlines, delivering basic and other public services, “they are only receiving measly benefits.”
“Their dedication and contribution to public service without monthly salaries but with only honoraria, allowances or other emoluments deserves more than mere recognition,” he said.
“I am confident the Senate can approve this measure within the remaining days of our session,” said Marcos. He noted that the government needs P5.2 billion to pay for the retirement of the initial number of qualified barangay officials and workers.”
He said that under the measure, a barangay official or worker must be at least 60 years old and with at least nine years of service to be eligible to receive the retirement benefit.
He said that based on these criteria, the National Barangay Operations Office under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reported that as of June 7, 2013, some 95,616 are qualified for the benefit out of the 1,849,232 total number of barangay officials and workers in the country.
“As funding source the measure proposed the creation of the Barangay Retirement Fund, which shall be established through annual investments with an amount equivalent to one percent of the share of the national government in the IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment). The DILG shall administer and ensure the appropriate disbursement of the fund,” said Marcos.