Pres. Duterte Gives P3,000-Christmas Incentive to Barangay Officials

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The Philippine government under the leadership of Pres. Rody Duterte announced that 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 hardwork.

The appreciation of the President with the village leaders on their respective communities was decided upon the recommendation of Sen. Bong Go, pending the passage of a measure providing for additionnal compensation for the barangay officials.

“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.

Sen. Bong Go has pursued measures to promote the welfare of barangay officials since the first day he assumed his office as Senator of the Republic. The senator is hoping that this Christmas incentive will inspire the village officials to provide untiring service in their role as  as providers of frontline services to the community while waiting for the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 391 or the “Barangay Services Compensation Act.”

The neophyte lawmaker filed the Magna Carta for Barangay Act of 2019 or SB 391 last July, it is a consilidated version of all other related bills filed in the Senate, which aim to provide barangay officials additional compensation similarly accorded to regular government employee as well as other benefits to promote their welfare in return for the service they render to their respective communities.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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