Monday, 24th September 2018

By Ralph John Mijares


ROXAS CITY—A party list representative recently discussed and consulted with Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) about her proposed bill for them.

ANG NARS Party – List Representative Leah Paquiz was in a forum on House Bill No. 3925 or the Barangay Health Workers and Services Reform Act of 2014 at the Provincial Capitol’s Hall of Governors recently here.


The forum was organized by the ANG NARS Party-List and the Public Services Labor Independent Confederation.

Paquiz aims to repeal Republic Act No. 7883 or the Barangay Health Workers Benefi ts and Incentives Act of 1995.

“Although R.A. 7883 provides for an opportunity for BHWS to obtain second grade eligibility, the process of arriving thereat seems unattainable, if not impossible,” Paquiz said in a copy of her proposed bill.

According to Paquiz, BHWs have been economically oppressed. “While the government is mindful that BHWs are volunteers, it is unmindful that being a BHW is their bread and butter.

While the nature of their work is full-time, BHWs are receiving an allowance ranging from P1,000 to P6,000.

This allowance is their only source of living, sans fixed income, benefits and incentives,” Paquiz added.

Some forum participants said that they receive none at all, even hazard pay.

Only one raised her hand after being asked about who had a regular job other than being a BHW.

They are also "at the mercy of local government officials, due to the absence of security of tenure", Paquiz said.

Further, "their continuous work is dependent on the political support they rendered to the incumbent official. BHWs are being terminated whimsically and capriciously by the local officials when their political pledge belongs to another."

For her part, "BHWs will have the same incentives and benefits under the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers."

Paquiz proposed that the BHW's entry pay level is equivalent to Salary Grade One or around P 8,000/month. They will also avail themselves of GSIS, Philhealth, and Pagibig benefits.

Also included among Paquiz's proposed reforms is the qualification for BHWs.

Upcoming BHWs must complete the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) BHW program or had undergone training by TESDA-accredited institutions, passed the training assessment and got their national certification.

Existing BHWs who have served at least two years from the bill's approval must have an assessment from TESDA accredited assessors and pass the equivalent national certification in order to be employed.

Veteran BHWs who met the qualifications are prioritized in hiring and placement.

Some participants did not want to have themselves assessed.

Also in the forum were a Provincial Health Office representative, among others.

Paquiz said that same forum will be held in Cebu and Davao.

At this writing, the bill has not been approved.

Published in March 10 - 16

ROXAS CITY—The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Capiz through its Appropriations Committee recently sent back to Mambusao’s Sangguniang Bayan (SB) two appropriation ordinances, namely: No. 14 & No. 15, series of 2013.


Led by Board Member (BM) Emmanuel Billones Jr., the committee disclosed its fi nding in open session that it can only pass on the validity of the two ordinances “until the political unit can provide proof of physical presence of Mr. Leodegario Labao, Jr. as Municipal Mayor; and, 2) the same pursuant to DILG Opinion No. 35, Series of 2013, “declared that any act performed by Mr. Labao in relation to the Offi ce of the Municipal Mayor of Mambusao, Capiz appears to be of doubtful validity.”


The committee report, dated March 4, 2013, said that the Sanggunian Panlalawigan’s power review “is not only limited in the determination on whether ordinances are within the power conferred upon by the Sangguniang Bayan concerned but also to authenticity of the document or signatures contained therein and its validity.”

Further, the temporary secretary of its regular session at the time said appropriate ordinance was approved is a member of the Sangguniang Bayan, who happened to be a candidate who lost in last year’s May 2013 local elections. It is a clear violation of Sec. 94 of the 1991 Local Government Code.

In the same March 5 Appropriations Committee Report, the provincial Sanggunian declared valid the request of the Provincial Agriculturist Office for realignment of funds amounting to Php360,000.00.

The same Report was signed by BMs Eduardo Magallanes, member; Enrique Martin, vice-chair; and Emmanuel A. Billones Jr., chairperson.

Two other members, Hon. Karen Palomar and Hon. Aldwin Cruz-Am, had no signature appearing on the Report.


Published in March 3 - 9

By Alex A. Lumaque


ROXAS CITY—A week-long photo exhibit on the life, services and vocation of firemen opened March 3 at a newly opened mall in Pueblo de Panay here as part of the Office of the Provincial Fire Marshal’s (OPFM) activities in view of the Fire Prevention Month this year.

The exhibit, mostly on the preparations and response of firemen after supertyphoon Yolanda and other emergencies, complements the various fire safety campaigns of the Bureau of Fire Protection like school lectures, drills, firetruck visibility and training of emergency responders, among others.

“I hope the people may know and see what we offer and sacrifice here in Capiz,” said BFP Capiz Provincial Fire Marshal C/Insp. Lester Kenneth Gimotea.


Exhibitors are OPFM and 10 fire stations in the province.

He also asked for vigilance and support from the residents to avoid fire incidents during the celebration and the entire year.


The opening ceremonies were led by Department of the Interior and Local Government Capiz Director Clyne B. Deocampo and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Action Officer Esperedion Pelaez.

Published in March 3 - 9
Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00

Rural dev’t team created

By Alex A. Lumaque


ROXAS CITY—A working group that will handle and oversee the implementation of Rural Development Programs of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration in the province was created by the provincial government here. The group, Philippine Rural Development Provincial Program Management and Implementing Unit (PPMIU), is embodied in the Executive Order No. 013-13 issued by Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco last year.

“Capiz PPMIU conforms to the national program design by the Department of Agriculture (DA) known as Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP).

"The provincial government of Capiz seeks to be responsive to the requirements of national government thus it created the team,” a Capiz Provincial Press Bureau (CPPB) news article said.

It is led by Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Antonio Asis and supported by the various provincial government departments and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offi ce (CENRO) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.


PPMIU also aims to increase the agricultural and fishery production and incomes of farmers and fisherfolk in the province through the construction of additional farm-to-market roads, irrigation facilities and other farming-related structures.

The members of the working group had already attended various seminars in Iloilo and Cebu to further widen their knowledge and ideas about the national development programs up for implementation in the province.

Published in March 3 - 9
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