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Solon pushes P100,000 retirement pay for barangay officials

A bill granting P100,000 retirement pay to barangay officials has started to get bipartisan support in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Mercedes K. Alvarez (NPC, Negros Occidental) said she has been assured of support by a number of her colleagues for House Bill 3763 which she filed recently.

In filing the bill, Alvarez stressed that the provision of additional benefit would serve as a recognition of the vital contribution to the realm of public service that are being extended by both elected and appointed barangay officials.

“The officials and employees of the barangays are the frontliners in public service and are also the first responders to any situation in their respective barangays,” Alvarez said.

Barangay officials currently get honoraria or allowances for their services.

HB 3763 is among the many bills filed by lawmakers in connection with their desire to raise the earnings of barangay officials.

The proposed measure provides that all barangay officials shall be entitled to a lump sum retirement pay equivalent to a one-year honorarium but in no case shall exceed P100,000, to be taken from the barangay retirement fund.

For a barangay employee or official to receive such benefit, they should at least be 60 years old with a minimum of nine years of service at the time of retirement.

Under the bill, the term retiree includes all barangay officials, including barangay tanods, members of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, barangay health workers and barangay day care workers.

HB 3763 also calls for the creation of the Barangay Retirement Fund (BRF), which shall be used to fund the retirement of barangay officials mentioned in this Act.

The amount equivalent to one percent of the share of the national government under Section 284 of the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended, shall be used for this purpose.

Alvarez said that it should be the responsibility of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to administer and ensure the appropriate disbursement of the fund.

The bill amends for the purpose Section 393 of Republic Act 7160, as amended, otherwise known as the “Local Government Code of 1991.”