Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has expressed confidence his proposal to provide retirement benefits for barangay tanods, officials and workers would get the backing of President Aquino.
Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government, believes the President would welcome the opportunity to provide such benefit for barangay officials and workers.
He noted that barangay officials get the lowest pay compared to other government officials, considering the nature of their functions and the occupational hazards and risks attached to their work.
“I am confident that the President would rally his allies in Congress for the enactment of a law to provide retirement pay for barangay tanods, officials and workers who have devoted years of service to their constituents,” Marcos said.
Marcos added that he sees no reason Malacanang would choose to deny barangay officials and workers such benefit.
Earlier, Marcos urged fellow senators to pass House Bill 6567, taking into consideration Senate Bill 3187.
“Your committee on local government recognized the basic premise that barangay officials are inadequately compensated by the government, and thus there is a need to fill that inadequacy,” Marcos said in his sponsorship speech.
The proposed measure provides a lump sump retirement pay for qualified barangay officials and workers equivalent to their one-year honorarium, but not exceeding P100,000.
Entitled to receive such benefits under the proposed legislation are barangay tanods, members of the Lupon ng Tagapamapaya, barangay health workers and elective barangay officials.
The covered retiring barangay official should be at least 60 years of age, with a minimum of nine years in service at the time of retirement.
As funding source for the benefit, Marcos recommends the creation of a Barangay Retirement Fund (BRF), which shall be established through yearly investment equivalent to one percent of the National Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share of the local government units.
The proposed measure mandates the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to administer the fund.
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