Lobregat’s bill to benefit barangay health workers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 11:27

By DEXTER YAP

Another House Bill introduced by Congressman Celso Lobregat in now with the House Committee on Local Government for first reading in the 17th Congress.

House Bill 125, otherwise known as “an act authorizing the grant of compensation in the form of additional honorarium to Barangay Health Workers (BHW)” which  was filed by Lobregat with the objective of giving more incentives to the health workers who are in the frontline of health services in their respective villages.

The bill’s explanatory note says that Article II Section 15 of the Philippine Constitution states that “the state shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them.”

At the forefront of the government’s health advocacy are the Barangay Health Workers.

Section 17 of Republic Act 7160 of the Local Government Code of 1991, mandates the Local Government units (LGU’s) to assume the health service implementation role in the communities, while the national government is responsible for ensuring technical standards and equity in health. Thus, the activities of Barangay Health Workers in the communities are operationally and administratively supported by LGU’s.

The explanatory note further says that under the bill Barangay Health Workers are given various incentives and benefits, such as hazard allowance, as well as non-monetary entitlements. Aside from all of these, the bill proposes to grant a modest compensation in the form of an additional honorarium of four thousand (P4,000.)pesos to all Barangay Health Workers on top of the current amount of incentives they receive per month from their respective LGU’s. In order to help depressed 4th,5th and 6th class LGU’s, this bill further authorizes the national government to provide necessary subsidy for the payment of the proposed honorarium for the barangay health workers nationwide.

“Through this bill, Barangay Health Workers will receive an additional regular monthly compensation in the form of an honorarium of (PhP4,000.00), thereby ensuring their welfare, and of the state in general,” Lobregat said.

Since this is a humanitarian bill which intends to help those BHW’s in the entire country, Lobregat expressed optimism that his colleagues in congress will undoubtedly pass in in due time. — Dexter Yapwith reports from 17th Congress Media Affairs and Public Relations Service