A NEOPHYTE Metro Manila lawmaker has filed a resolution urging the local government units (LGUs) to provide “hazard pay” to all barangay officials and other personnel who are working as frontliners in the
continued battle against the coronavirus diseae 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Quezon City 1st District Rep. Anthony Peter “Onyx” D. Crisologo, a member of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) led by House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez as president, filed House Resolution (HR) No. 1834 to help provide hazard pay to all barangay workers.
Crisologo explained that barangay personnel have been doing everything to ensure the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
He said barangay officials and workers are behind the implementation of government’s strategies against COVID-19.
According to him, the crucial role of barangay has been highly emphasized during this difficult time of COVID-19 pandemic.
“It has demonstrated the significance of their work especially in ensuring that national programs ranging from health promotion to case management and distribution of basic commodities are implemented efficiently on the ground,” Crisologo said.
Crisologo also noted that barangay workers, such as health workers, tanods and other employees are not entitled to the same benefits of regular government employees under the rules of the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
He added that in pursuant to the provisions of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Circular No. 2020-1 on the grant of COVID-19 Hazard Pay, LGU’s shall allocate funds to ensure that all barangay officials and workers identified as frontliners are given hazard pay.
At present, Crisologo said there are 42,046 barangays officials and workers since September 2020 based on data of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“All of these barangay officials and their workers serve for the general welfare of their communities to protect the people from the spread of COVID-19,” Crisologo said.