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Tolentino wants incentives released once barangay workers are regularized

Senator Francis Tolentino wanted the immediate release of barangay workers' incentives once they were regularized under the proposed Magna Carta for barangay workers, which was being discussed in a Senate panel.

Tolentino, chairman of the Local Government Committee, said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) should create a separate hybrid employee classification that would cover the regularized barangay workers.

The new classification would also allow the DBM to allot a portion of the national budget to the 41,976 barangays all over the country.

Tolentino earlier filed Senate Bill 215 which would recognize barangay officials as regular government employees, and, as such, they would be covered by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)

He also proposed granting the barangay officials the power to decide and provide other benefits for their employees, depending on their financial capacity.

“Although considered the closest government officials to the people, they are the most underappreciated among the government employees in terms of salary as well as benefits and privileges. They do their best to deliver local services despite limited funding given to them. Thus, it is only right that the State duly recognizes these employees by granting them well-deserved benefits and incentives,” Tolentino explained.

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go had also filed a similar bill. ()

Under Go's Senate Bill 391, the Punong Barangay, members of the Sangguniang Barangay, the Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, the barangay secretary, and barangay treasurer would be entitled to salaries, emoluments, allowances such as hazard pay, representation, and transportation allowance, 13th-month pay, and other benefits. — DVM, GMA News