‘Pag retirado na! Danilo Suarez urges government to take care of barangay officials
Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez, in his Manila Standard column, said the government should take care of barangay officials after they retire from public service.
The Quezon politiko said barangay officials are receiving a “mere pittance” compared to the amount of work they do.
“Given their scope of work, I feel that what the barangay officials are receiving is a mere pittance compared to the compensation and benefits of other local government officials,” Suarez said.
This is why, Suarez said, he re-filed House Bill No. 598 in 2016 seeking to increase the share of the local government in the national internal revenue taxes from 40% to 41%.
“The additional 1percent shall be added to a ‘special account solely dedicated to the barangay retirement fund for the retirement pay of barangay officials, whether elected or appointed, including barangay tanods, health workers, day care workers, and members of the lupon tagapamayapa.'” he explained.
“The lump sum retirement pay shall be equivalent to one year honorarium, not exceeding P100,000, provided that the retiree is 60 years old and has rendered a minimum of nine years in service at the time of retirement,” Suarez added.
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