Posted on Nov 17, 2010

Villar eyes pension benefits for barangay officials, allowance for tanods

Citing their significant contribution in the delivery of basic services, Sen. Manny Villar has pushed for the establishment of a retirement fund for the benefit of the elected Punong Barangay and the members of the Sangguniang Barangay.

He also proposed for the grant of P1,000 allowance for barangay tanods.

 “The barangay officials are the first ones our people call for immediate help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The measly honoraria they receive are not enough. It is only proper to accord them additional benefits for their invaluable service to the community,” Villar said.

Villar filed two separate bills to address these needs. Senate Bill 1323 seeks to entitle for life the barangay officials to a monthly retirement pension equivalent to an amount not lower than the monthly honorarium which he received during his/ her incumbency. To qualify, a barangay official must have served three consecutive terms.

Senate Bill No. 2578 seeks to grant a P1,000 monthly allowance for all barangay tanods. The allowance proposed under the bill is separate from any other form of remuneration that the tanods might receive from their respective cities/ municipalities.

For local governments which are unable to provide the necessary amount to cover the said allowance due to insufficient revenues, the sanggunian of the LGU concerned shall provide for a reasonable amount to cover the same.