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Press Release - Bong Go pushes for better compensation and benefits for barangay health workers

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go is advocating for better compensation and benefits for Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) considering their critical role in the country's healthcare system especially in bringing public health services closer to the grassroots.

In an interview on Tuesday, October 24, during a visit to projects he earlier supported in Kapalong, Davao del Norte, Go acknowledged the BHW's sacrifices and contributions at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Unang-una, ito pong BHW, nagpapasalamat po ako sa ating mga Barangay Health Workers. Isa po sila sa hero ng ating panahon ng pandemya," Go stated.

"Malaki po ang ginagampanan ng ating barangay health workers sa panahon ng pandemya. Hindi natin mararating itong kinaroroonan natin sa COVID response kung hindi po sa kanilang sakripisyo. Sila po ang umaalalay sa barangay... sila po ang nag-aalaga para sa early detection ng sakit upang hindi na mas lumala pa," he added.

To honor their contributions, the senator said he has filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 427, known as the Barangay Health Workers Compensation Act, which proposes to provide BHWs a monthly honorarium, along with a comprehensive package of benefits, including allowances, job security, regular training, and skill development opportunities.

The proposed benefits are seen as an extension and enhancement of the existing benefits under RA 7883, which already provides various incentives to dedicated BHWs.

"Kaya meron po akong nai-file sa Senado, ang BHW Compensation Act. Na-hearing na po ito sa Subcommittee on Health sa pangunguna ni Senator JV (Ejercito), at meron pang mga susunod na committee hearings," said Go.

"Papakinggan po natin ang mga LGUs. S'yempre, unang-una rito, 'yung kakayahan po nilang magbigay ng kompensasyon," he added.

The bill, if enacted, also extends benefits from key institutions such as the Government Service Insurance System, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and the Pag-IBIG Fund.

The proposed legislation complements the already enforced Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Department of Health (DOH) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on BHWs.

The JMC, signed by Secretaries Benjamin