Ilocos Norte barangay officials back Marcos’ proposed retirement benefit package

Barangay officials have thrown their support for Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. in his proposed measure providing benefits to barangay officials and some 2 million barangay workers that includes barangay health care and daycare workers.

This developed as over 600 barangay captains attended the public consultation conducted by Marcos as chairman of the Senate Select Oversight Committee on the Local Government Code of 1991 held on Wednesday (April 3, 2013) at the Plaza del Norte, Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

The public consultation was held in connection with House Bill 6567 entitled “An Act Providing All Barangay Officials, Including Barangay Tanods, Members of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, Barangay Health Workers and Barangay Day Care Workers, A Lump Sum Honorarium Pay Equivalent to One Year Honorarium, Amending for the Purpose Section 393 of Republic Act No. 7160, As Amended, Otherwise Known as the ‘Local Government Code of 1991.”

The barangay chairmen said the proposed benefits, which include a lump sum retirement pay equivalent to one year honorarium for those at least 60 years of age with a minimum of 9 years in service at the time of the retirement, were long overdue as they vowed to support Marcos in his fight for their wellbeing.

“Ginagawa ko ang public consultation dahil mahalaga para sa akin na mapakinggan ang opinyon ng mga barangay officials kung ang pinag-uusapan ay ang mga barangay issues…it’s very useful,” the senator said.

Marcos vowed to re-file the bill in the forthcoming 16th Congress as he admitted it could not be enacted anymore under the current 15th Congress since it has only one session day left.

“Hindi na aabot sa Kongresong ito dahil ang Congress will end in June mayroon isang session na lang at medyo may pagkakumplikado ito and we have to do the calculation for the barangay benefits pero naka-ready na kami i-file muli ito as soon as possible. Actually nakapila na kaya tuluy-tuloy ang diskusyon ditto,” he explained.

Also tackled in the consultation was Senate Bill No. 3296 entitled “ An Act Changing The Term of Office of Barangay an Sangguniang Kabataan Officials from three (3) Years to Five (5) Years, Amending for the Purpose Republic Act 9340, and Republic Act 9164, And For other Purposes.”

Marcos said he will conduct at least two more consultations on the proposed measures in other areas of the country.

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