AS recommended by Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday, the Office of the President (OP) will give P3,000 Christmas incentives to elected barangay (village) officials, namely barangay captains, barangay kagawad (councilmen), Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) chairmen and Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) to show appreciation for their hard work in their respective communities pending the passage of a measure providing for additional compensation for them.
“Sinadyes ko po ‘yan kay Pangulong Duterte para mapasaya ang ating mga barangay officials na walang sawang nagseserbisyo sa kanilang mga komunidad (I suggested this to President Rodrigo Duterte to give joy to our barangay officials who tirelessly render services in their communities),” Go said.
“Gumagawa po kami ng paraan ni Pangulong Duterte na mabigyan man lang kayo ng Christmas incentives o anuman po na pwede ninyong magamit ngayong Pasko para po sa mga elected barangay officials (President Duterte and I are finding ways and means to provide you Christmas incentives or anything that could be useful for our elected barangay officials this Christmas),” he added.
The senator, who has pursued measures to promote the welfare of barangay officials, is hoping that this Christmas incentive will inspire the village officials to provide untiring service in their role as providers of frontline services to the community while waiting for the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 391 or the “Barangay Services Compensation Act,” which is still being deliberated in the Senate Committee on Local Government.
Originally known as the Magna Carta for Barangay Act of 2019 filed by Go in July this year, SB 391 is a consolidated version of all other related bills filed in the Senate, which aim to provide barangay officials additional compensation similarly accorded to a regular government employee as well as other benefits to promote their welfare in return for the service they render to their respective communities.
“The barangay serves as the primary planning and implementing unit of government policies, plans, programs, projects and activities in our communities,” he said during a Senate committee hearing.
“It is through our barangay that government programs and services reach our people. It is through our barangay that our policies, plans and projects aimed at improving our country materialize. Most importantly, it is in our barangay that we hone dutiful citizens who will become the future builders of our nation,” Go added.
The senator said it was high time that the hard work and efforts of barangay officials are recognized.
“Our barangay are not on autopilot. They are manned by these hard-working and dedicated individuals who, despite their seemingly thankless job, are committed to ensuring that our barangay serve the purpose they are intended for,” Go pointed out.