Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, yesterday highlighted the crucial role barangay health workers play in the delivery of basic health services to their communities.
“Now, more than ever, we realize the significance and the need for the services of our Barangay Health Workers,” Marcos said in his speech at the Barangay Health Workers Congress in the province of Pangasinan held in the city of Urdaneta today.
He noted that with the country’s population breaching the 100 million mark increasing numbers of Filipinos suffering from various health problems and the high cost of medicine and doctor’s fees, the ordinary people depend on BHWs to attend to their health concerns.
Marcos noted that despite the heavy responsibilities and massive number of people BHWs serve they receive meager benefits, in part due to the inadequate budget of most of the country’s local government units.
As chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, Marcos said he has been looking for ways to help LGU’s, in particular to increase their share in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).
In addition Marcos cited his bill providing retirement benefits for barangay officials and workers, including the BHW, currently under plenary deliberation in the Senate.
“I assure you that I am giving top priority to this vital legislation so it can be enacted into law as soon as possible,” Marcos said,
The senator also conducted an ocular inspection of vital infrastructures in the province of Pangasinan that sustained damage as a result typhoon “Lando.”
Marcos flew to Urdaneta City as guest of honor and speaker at the congress of the province’s Barangay Health Workers and he took the opportunity to also see for himself the extent of devastation caused by the typhoon in the province.
Accompanied by Pangasinan Vice Gov. Ferdinand Calimlim, provincial officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways and other local officials, the Senator inspected among others the damaged dike in San Nicolas town.
“We will begin our deliberation on the 2016 budget when we resume our session next week and this would help me pinpoint priorities for the rehabilitation and repair of vital infrastructures,” said Marcos.
Before this, the senator also had a meeting with Urdaneta Mayor Gregorio “Boom” Perez, city councilors and other local officials to discuss not only the effect of typhoon Lando in the city but also other concerns of the local government.
Marcos is also the chairman of the Senate committee on local government.