Malaya – Marcos presses bill on barangays
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has filed a bill which aims to provide barangay officials and workers with retirement pay irrespective of their age and number of years in service.
The bill is called “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.”
Marcos, chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, sponsored Senate Bill No. 12, under Committee Report No. 30, which provides a retirement pay of P100,000 for the barangay chairman, P80,000 for a member of Sangguniang Barangay, and P50,000 for the treasurer and secretary, tanod (or watchman), a member of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, and barangay health and day care worker.
Entitled to the retirement benefit are barangay officials and workers who reached the retirement age of 60 and with at least nine years in service and any official or worker who dies or becomes permanently incapacitated while in the performance of duty…irrespective of age and number of years in service.”
Marcos appealed to his colleagues for the immediate passage of his measure saying it acknowledges the invaluable contribution of barangay officials and workers who serve in the front lines without monthly salaries but compensated only with disproportionate honoraria, allowances, or other forms of emoluments.
According to the National Barangay Operations Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as of June 7, 2013, some 95,616 barangay officials and workers are qualified out of total number of 1,849,232 across the country.
The government needs around P5.2 billion to pay for the retirement of the qualified ones.
As regards to the funds, the Marcos bill provides that a Barangay Retirement Fund be created through annual investment equivalent to one percent (1%) of the share of the national government from the Internal Revenue Allotment collection. The fund shall be administered by the DILG.