By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Raffy Tulfo filed a bill imposing a broader range of grants for the benefits, subsidy, and remuneration for barangay authorities, staff, and volunteer workers, including tanods and barangay health workers.
Tulfo introduced Senate Bill No. 1696, a Magna Carta for these long-ignored barangay workers in terms of benefits, pay, and allowances.
“Ilan na sa mga tanod ang napabalitang nasaktan, nadisgrasya at nagbuwis ng buhay sa tawag ng tungkulin. Ilan na rin sa mga barangay health workers ang nagbuwis din ng buhay noong panahon ng pandemya. Dahil sa pagganap nila sa kanilang tungkulin, sila ay napasama sa mga naging biktima ng COVID-19,” he said.
By imposing a minimum and maximum salary rate that they are entitled to, Tulfo’s bill seeks to address this situation, highlighting the importance of barangay officials, personnel, and volunteer workers as the foundation of the country.
“To provide a uniform Position Classification and Compensation Scheme for barangay officials, personnel, and volunteer workers, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is in charge here,” Tulfo said.
“It is imperative that we recognize the tireless effort and sacrifices of our barangay officials, personnel, and volunteer workers by giving them their due,” the bill’s explanatory note read.