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By: Lianne Llesol | Published Monday, November 18, 2019
The new set of officers of the BHWs in the Province came to visit Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia last July to express their love, just a few days after she assumed office as governor again.

Christmas for barangay workers of Cebu Province is going to be merry as the Cebu Provincial Government will start distributing their cash incentives next month.

As promised, barangay tanods will receive the increased incentive of P3,000 from P1,500 while barangay health workers (BHW), nutrition scholars (BNS), day care workers (BDCW), and animal health aides (BAHA) will receive P4,000 from P2,400.

“This is the first time for our barangay workers to receive an increase in their cash incentive. The amount set before I left the Capitol was not increased throughout the six years I’m gone,” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said.

She said this cash gift is given to show the provincial government’s appreciation to what they are doing in the barangays despite receiving minimal amount from the local barangay as honorarium.

“This is our way of saying thank you to them, our frontliners, who voluntarily extended their service to our constituents. Laliman ka magbaktas ni sila kada adlaw maabot lang sa 70-100 families nga ila gi-handle atong mga health programs,” she shared.

Personnel from the Provincial Treasurer’s Office will start delivering the cash gifts for the barangay tanods on the first and second week of December.

Meanwhile, BHWs, BNS, BDCWs and BAHAs will get their incentives on the general assembly set on December 18, 2019 at the Minglanilla Sports Complex. They will also receive kits and new uniforms.

“Ato pud sila hatagan ug bag full of groceries nay hamon ug pang-spaghetti aron mahinayon gyud ang ilang noche Buena,” Garcia added.

Last August, the Cebu Provincial Board (PB) passed the ordinance called Barangay Workers Act which provided for the additional incentives and qualifications for the receiving barangay workers.

Barangay workers who have served for one year as of December 2018 as well as those that have undergone the necessary training programs and activities are entitled to receive the increased cash gifts.

Garcia expressed her gratitude to PB for passing the said ordinance which has set up clear guidelines on the giving of barangay cash incentives. (Lianne Llesol)