A FEMALE legislator yesterday expressed optimism that Congress will fast-track the approval of measures providing security of tenure for barangay health workers (BHWs) and granting fixed monthly honoraria and additional benefits and incentives for accredited BHWs.
Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) party-list Rep. Angelica Natasha Co stressed that providing benefits and incentives and security of tenure to BHWs, should be premised and anchored on strengthening primary health care as an essential and integral component of universal health care.
Co said BHWs are indispensable forces at the forefront of health and wellness at the community level. She said their role is critical in ensuring the success of primary health care which provides promotive, preventive, critical and palliative health care.
“This can translate into big savings on the part of the government in terms of health expenditures. This would redound also to economic progress for our country and every Filipino family, considering that our fellow men would be healthy and productive. I respectfully submit that Congress can and should provide funds. We want to give them Incentives and benefits, lalo na volunteer workers sila. They don’t have salaries. So, we want give them yung benefits na dapat para sa kanila gaya ng health insurance at hazard allowance para kung sila naman ang magkasakit mayroon silang pambayad. Kasi sila ang umiikot sa bawat bahay, mas prone sila sa sakit. Gusto rin namin sila bigyan ng transportation allowance dahil malalayong lugar din ang kanilang pinupuntahan,” added Co.
Meanwhile, BHW chapter coordinator Corazon Adalla, 72, from Iba, Zambales, is grateful for BHW Party list for pushing the measure that will provide them additional incentives, benefits and security of tenure.
“Sa maliit na tinatanggap naming honoraria na P200.00 kada buwan, hindi namin kanyang buhayin ang aming pamilya. Boluntaryo lamang at taus-puso naming pinagsisilbihan ang ating mga kababayan,” said Adalla.