House speeds up approval of Bill to grant more honorarium to BHWs

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Committee on Local Government of the House of Representatives is speeding up the passage of House Bill No. 125 that seeks to grant additional Php 4,000 monthly honorarium to the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) across the country.

District 1 Rep. Celso Lobregat, author of H.B. No. 125, said the Committee, chaired by South Cotabato Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr., has conducted series of  hearings last week and have agreed to consolidate other similar bills that seeks to grant additional benefits to BHWs.

H.B. No. 125 is otherwise known as “An Act Authorizing the grand of compensation in the form of additional honorarium to Barangay Health Workers.”

At present, a BHW receives various incentives and benefits such as hazard pay as well as other non-monetary entitlements.

Once H.B. 125 is enacted into law, each BHW will receive a modest compensation in the form of an additional Php 4,000 monthly on top of the current incentives they receive per month.

The incentives are being paid by the local government units (LGUs).

“I am thankful to my co-league, Congressman Acharon, for heeding to my request to push the bill swiftly for it to reach the plenary before the Congress adjourns in its First Regular Session next week. This bill (H.B. 125) is beneficial to our BHWs,” Lobregat said.

He said H.B. No. 125 also authorized the national government to provide the necessary subsidy to help the fourth, fifth and sixth class municipalities pay the honorarium of the BHWs.

“This bill, once enacted into a law, the Barangay Health Workers will receive an additional regular monthly compensation in the form of an honorarium of Php4,000, thereby ensuring their welfare, and of the state in general,” he said.

“I know my colleagues will support me in this proposition,” Lobregat added.

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