Health workers to get additional incentives
AN estimated 200,000 barangay health workers all over the country will soon get additional incentives from the government should congress approve House Bill 1513, authored by Iloilo 2nd district Rep. Augusto Syjuco .
Under the proposed bill, health workers will receive a honorarium of P4,400 per month equivalent to salary grade 1 in the Revised Position Classification and Compensation Plan administered by the Department of Budget and
Syjuco said the honorarium shall be chargeable to the barangay or the city or municipality to which the barangay belongs.
“Health workers played a critical role in facilitating community and individual access to health information and service essential to people empowerment,” Syjuco explained.
He said the bill mandates the national government to provide necessary subsidy for the payment of honoraria to barangay workers in the depressed areas in the 4th, 5th and 6th municipalities.
Syjuco said health workers still need continuing support from the government even if they are already getting financial assistance under Republic Act 7883 and Republic Act 7160.
RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, mandates the local government units (LGUs) to assume the health service implementation role in the communities, while the national government is responsible for ensuring technical standards and equity in health.
RA 7883, otherwise known as the Barangay Health Worker’s benefits and Incentives Act of 1995 recognizes the valuable contributions of barangay health workers to community health development.
Under RA 7883, health workers are receiving various incentives and benefits like hazard and subsistence allowances, as well as other non-monetary entitlements.
“The barangay health workers provide information, education and motivation services for primary health care, maternal and child health, child rights, family planning and nutrition. They also administer immunization and the regular weighing of children,” Syjuco said.
RA 7883 defines a health worker as a person who has undergone training programs under any accredited government and non-government organization and who primarily renders health care services voluntarily in the community after having been accredited to function as such by the local health board in accordance with the guidelines promulgated by the Department of Health (DOH).-D’Jay Lazaro