Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. will conduct a public consultation Tuesday morning (May 21) in Sulu to feel the pulse of barangay and local officials regarding his proposal to provide additional benefits to barangay officials and volunteer workers.
The public consultation will be conducted at the Sulu Provincial Capitol in Jolo where mayors and barangay officials, tanods, members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa, and day care and health volunteer workers are expected to attend.
In particular, Marcos will discuss the provisions of House Bill 6567, which he intends to re-file in the forthcoming 16th Congress. As chair of the local government, Marcos had sponsored the bill in the Senate but it only got as far as approval in the second reading.
The proposal seeks to provide benefits for barangay officials and volunteer workers that include retirement pay, which is a lump sum equivalent to one year honorarium, and additional monetary and non-monetary benefits on top of the existing benefits they are already receiving.
Marcos said it is important to consult the target beneficiaries and have their inputs as part of the reference in justifying the bill on the Senate floor during the debates on the bill.
“Napakaimportante sa ‘kin ang boses ng intended beneficiaries pati na rin ang ibang stakeholders at ang makukuha nating pananaw hinggil dito ang siya nating iparating sa ating mga kasamahan sa Senado kaya ko ginagawa ang ganitong public consultations. At sa nakaraang public consultation na ginawa ko sa iba’t-ibang lugar, malinaw ang malawak na suporta sa aking isinusulong na panukala,” he pointed out.
Marcos, chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Local Government Code of the Philippines of 1991, said it is time to give recognition to barangay volunteer workers as indispensable element of the bureaucracy in the delivery of public service and reward them for unselfish dedication in the performance of their duty.
“Mahalaga sa kin na hindi lamang kilalanin natin ang trabaho ng mga barangay worker. Kailangan bigyan natin sila ng kaunting suporta not only in monetary terms but also in non-monetary terms. Ipipila na namin iyang bill na ‘yan pagbukas ng Kongreso at ipaglalaban ko ‘yan hanggang maging batas,” Marcos said.