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    Phl village officials to receive benefits

    A lawmaker is proposing the grant of retirement pay of not more than P100,000 to village officials in the Philippines after their service.
    Rep. Mercedes Alvarez of Negros Occidental province said the provision of the additional benefit would serve as recognition to their vital contribution to the realm of public service.
    At present, Alvarez said, village officials only receive honoraria or allowances despite the fact that they are the first representatives of the government approached by their constituents for basic services and needs.
    "The officials and employees of the barangays are the frontliners in public service and are also the first responders to any situation in their respective barangays," Alvarez pointed out.
    House Bill 3763 provides that all village officials shall be entitled to a lump sum retirement pay equivalent to a one-year honorarium but in no case shall not exceed P100,000 to be taken from the barangay retirement fund.
    To avail of such benefit, the measure requires that the retiree is at least 60 years of age with a minimum of nine years of service at the time of the retirement.
    Under the bill, the term retiree includes all village officials, including members of peace and order, health and daycare workers.
    The Alvarez proposal also calls for the creation of the Barangay Retirement Fund (BRF), which shall be used to fund the retirement of village officials mentioned in this Act.
    The amount equivalent to one percent of the share of the national government under Section 284 of the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended, shall be used for this purpose.
    Alvarez said it should be the responsibility of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to administer and ensure the appropriate disbursement of the fund.
    The bill amends for the purpose Section 393 of Republic Act 7160, as amended, otherwise known as the "Local Government Code of 1991."
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