Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Albay sanggunian okays additional cash incentive for BHWs
By Mike de la Rama

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 3 (PNA) -- Barangay Health Workers (BHWs)in the province of Albay have hailed the action of the provincial legislative body to provide at least Php1,000 incentive or additional allowance for them.

Albay Board member Herbert Borja announced during the post-evaluation of the TB-HIV summit held over the weekend that an ordinance was approved providing Php1,000 for each registered and trained BHW provincewide.

Albay has a total of 22,000 registered BHWs in 720 barangays who will benefit from the minimal augmentation from the provincial government.

"Incentives and other benefits of the BHWs should be charged to the municipal and city governments," Borja said.

According to him, BHWs are the frontline health service providers of the local governments but they receive nothing from them, except for a very minimal allowance.

"Their job is hazardous but no proper compensation is given to them," the local legislator said.

Borja urged all mayors in the province to make sure that the budget for the allowances of BHWs must be integrated in the Annual Appropriation Ordinance.

"We must give them due compensation because they serve well in the community," he said.

Other issues of BHWs are medical health benefits, insurance and retirement.

The local legislator also urged Bicol representatives to file a bill mandating all local government units to provide regular budgetary allocation for the allowances of BHWs workers. (PNA) FPV/FGS/MDR/CBD