Kalinga BHWs lauds ordinance granting benefits, incentives

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Dec. 12 (PIA) -- More than 1,000 barangay health workers (BHWs) lauded the approval of a provincial ordinance granting benefits and incentives to said sector.


Provincial Ordinance No. 2017-020 titled “An Ordinance Adopting Republic Act 7883 in the Province of Kalinga, otherwise known as An Act Granting Benefits and Incentives to Accredited Barangay Health Workers and for Other Purposes” is sponsored by Board Member Shirlynne Dasayon-Alunday.  

Republic Act 7883 or the Barangay Health Workers’ Benefits and Incentive Act of 1995 provides guidance and measures in support of BHWs to enable them to effectively participate in health care and development of the nation. It covers registered or accredited BHWs trained in Primary Health Care training programs and who voluntarily render primary health care services in their own communities, barangay health stations and rural health units, provided they are not receiving salaries from any government agency or institution.

It provides benefits and incentives entitled to BHWs like subsistence and hazard allowances; training, education and career enrichment programs; one-child scholarship; civil service eligibility; free legal assistance and preferential access to loans and loan facilities of government lending institutions.

The ordinance states that accredited BHWs who render service within the premises of isolated health stations in order to make their services available at all times are entitled for subsistence allowance and those exposed to hazards like work area is strife-torn by conflict, geographically difficult, declared calamity area, toxic risk area, among others are entitled for hazard allowance.

Through this ordinance, concerned local government units shall provide the benefits and incentives entitled to BHWs.

The BHWs in the province attended the Provincial Barangay Health Workers’ Convention at the Kalinga Astrodome, with the theme, “BHW, Kaagapay Tungo sa Kaunlaran at Kalusugan Pangkalahatan”. The convention also served as their year-end assessment, and a venue to discuss their concerns, and present their proposals.  

The Kalinga BHW Federation recently received amount of P150,000 from the Department of Health for their all-out support to the government’s universal health care program. Peter A. Balocnit (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)


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