The support for additional benefits for barangay officials and volunteer workers Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. is pushing has snowballed in Mindanao.
This developed after Sulu mayors and barangay officials, led by Gov. Abdusakur M. Tan and Rep. Tupay T. Loong (1st District), threw their backing to the proposal of Marcos, chair of the Senate Select Oversight Committee on the Local Government Code of 1991, during a public consultation held in Sulu last Tuesday (May 21).
The officials one by one expressed their support to the planned benefits package, which Marcos intends to file as a bill in the Senate in the forthcoming 16th Congress.
Assistant Secretary Sharifa Pearlsia Ali-Dans of the Department of Interior and Local Government-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao also welcomed the proposal.
To enable the resource persons and guests to participate meaningfully in the discussions, Marcos conducted a Powerpoint presentation explaining the proposed additional benefits for the barangay officials and workers, and day care and health volunteer workers.
Under his proposal, a lump sum retirement pay equivalent to one year honorarium will be given to brgy. chairmen, kagawads, secretary, treasurer, tanods, members of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, health and day care volunteer workers, provided they are at least 60 years of age with a minimum of 9 years in service at the time of retirement.
The beneficiaries will also be entitled to additional honoraria, Christmas bonuses, and hazard pays.
The mayors and barangay officials who attended the consultation agreed with Marcos that the proposed benefits are long overdue.
Also tackled during the consultation was Marcos’ proposal to reset the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections originally set for October this year to either 2015 and increase the term of barangay and SK officials from the current 3 years to 5 years, which also drew widespread support from the Sulu local officials and residents.