The Barangay Health Volunteers applauded the City Government of Puerto Princesa for increasing their monthly allowance starting this October 2021.
Myla Parangue, one of the Barangay Nutrition Action Officers of Barangay Sicsican under the Barangay Nutrition Scholar Program, said she is very happy because the additional increase will help their family.
“Masaya po dahil malaking tulong na po sa aming mga volunteer health worker. Sa tagal po ng panahon ngayon lang po ito nangyari na pare-pareho lang po ang aming mga trabaho or gawaing pangkalusugan sa aming barangay. Pantay na ang sahod, mas mahirap po sa lahat ang gawain namin na workers kaya pasalamat po kung magkatotoo po yon.” she said.
The City council approved last September 27, 2021, the P200-million supplemental budget that was requested by City Mayor Lucilo Bayron, of which P11 million will be allocated for health volunteers’ allowances.
Meanwhile, City Budget Officer Regina Cantillo, confirmed before the city council that all barangay frontlines will have an increase across the board.
“Increase sa kasalukuyang tinatanggap ngayon ng ating mga BNS [Barangay Nutrion Scholar], BSPO [Barangay Sevice point Officers], BHW [Barangay Health Workers], Community Volunteer Sanitation Inspector [at] Barangay Malaria Micropist,” she stressed.
She also disclosed that the current monthly allowance of barangay volunteers ranges from P1,000 -P3,000 only.
She also explained that the increase will not just be until December 2021 because they will allocate funds in the city’s annual budget for this to continue until next year.
During the inauguration of a road project of the city government last week, Mayor Bayron tipped about the increase. This, he said, is meant to give credit to the health workers who faced COVID risk and helped deliver health services to the residents of Puerto Princesa City.