LEGAZPI CITY, July 3 (PNA) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay on Wednesday approved a resolution that will provide incentives and benefits to qualified barangay health workers (BHWs) currently providing health services in the villages of the province.
Board Member Herbert S. Borja, committee on health chair and author of the ordinance entitled, “An Ordinance Granting Incentives and Benefits to All Qualified Entitled Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) Assisting in the Implementation of Health Services Program of the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA), Providing Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes,” said it aims to recognize the service and importance of BHWs.
"It acknowledges the fact that as primary health care service providers, the BHWs are exposed to extreme health risks and hazards," Borja said.
With health as one of the top priorities of the PGA as mandated by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, this ordinance places great value on BHWs and recognizes that they rely largely on the meager honorarium that they receive and, thus, the need for conferring upon them provincial benefits and incentives on top of what they are already receiving, he said.
Qualified BHWs who are actively and regularly performing their duties shall be entitled to a cash incentive of not less than PHP1,000 given every December, prioritization to the Point-of-Care PhilHealth Program for non-PhilHealth members, trainings, education and career enrichment programs, a second grade civil service eligibility for BHWs who have rendered five years continuous service, and free legal services for cases of coercion, interference, and civil and criminal cases filed by or against them arising out of or in connection with the performance of their duties as such,
To avail of the incentives and benefits provided by the ordinance, BHWs in Albay should go to and register with the Provincial Health Office, with proof of registration from their respective local health board that they are registered BHWs.
To qualify and be issued a Certificate of Entitlement, a BHW must obtain and present a certification that he or she has actively performed his/her assigned tasks which shall be issued by the rural health midwife or the Punong Barangay where the concerned BHW is assigned or appointed and attach the same to his/her annual accomplish report to the PHO where it will be validated.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EMC/CBD