House approves retirement benefits for barangay officials

THE HOUSE of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure providing lump sum retirement pay for barangay officials, amending Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.

The plenary approval of House Bill 6567 was endorsed by the House Committee on Local Government chaired by Rep. George Arnaiz (2nd district, Negros Oriental).

Arnaiz said the measure will promote the welfare and prosperity of the barangays being the primary planning and implementing unit of government programs and activities.

“The measure shall provide lump sum retirement pay equivalent to one year honorarium to all barangay officials, including barangay tanods, members of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, barangay health workers and barangay day care workers,” Arnaiz said.

Arnaiz said the retirement benefits is in recognition of the barangay officials’ contribution to the community and shall encourage them to honestly continue their public service.

Arnaiz said the additional benefits shall also raise the economic and social status of barangay officials to have decent, healthy and comfortable living conditions.

Under the measure, the retirement benefits taken from the barangay retirement fund shall be given to a retiree, at least sixty years of age, with a minimum of nine years of service at the time of the retirement.

The measure mandates the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to administer and ensure the appropriate disbursement of the fund.

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