By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin
Senators are pushing for the passage of a measure seeking retirement benefits for barangay officials and health workers.
Senators Maria Lourdes “Nancy” Binay, Juan Ponce Enrile, Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Jose “Jinggoy” Ejercito Estrada, Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., Cynthia Villar, and Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara co-authored Senate Bill No. 12 or “An Act Providing Barangay Officials, including Barangay Tanods, Members of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, Barangay Health Workers and Barangay Day Care Workers a Retirement Benefit,” authored by Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., chairman of the Senate local government committee.
The bill, sponsored in the plenary by Marcos under Committee Report No. 31, was taken up at the Senate session hall before the Senate went on a six-week sine die adjournment that began last June 11.
It provides a retirement pay of P100,000 for each barangay chairman, P80,000 for each member of Sangguniang Barangay, and P50,000 each for barangay treasurer and secretary, barangay tanod, member of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, and barangay health and day care worker.
Entitled to the benefit are barangay officials and workers who have reached the retirement age of 60 and with at least nine years in service.
“More often than not, these officials and workers are bread-winners of their respective families. Rightfully, their time should have been entirely devoted to income generating activities. However, driven by their ardent desire to serve their country and countrymen, they continue to spend time responding to the demands of public service, ” Marcos said.
If enacted into law, some 95,616 barangay officials and workers could immediately avail of the retirement benefit as of June 7, according to the National Barangay Operations Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The government needs an initial P5.2 billion to pay for their retirement.