MANILA (Mabuhay) – All barangay officials and employees will be covered by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) should the measure filed by Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Trenas become a law.
“The overworked and underpaid barangay officials and employees are not even receiving a regular living wage from the government,” Trenas laments, adding it is so unrealistic and unconscionable to deduct GSIS contributions from the meager honoraria of these public servants.
House Bill No. 3671 penned by Trenas mandates the inclusion of barangay officials and employees within the coverage of the GSIS and providing the needed public funds to defray premium payments.
This means that punong barangay, barangay kagawads, barangay tanods, barangay secretaries and barangay treasurers of all barangays in the country shall be covered.
The GSIS, in consultation and coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the League representing barangay officials shall issue the necessary rules and regulations to implement the provisions of the proposed law which covers the rate of premiums to be paid exclusively by the national government and the scope of the insurance coverage.
The barangay is the most basic political subdivision of the national government created by the Constitution. Its officials and employees are directly involved with the day-to-day affairs of the people at the grassroots level.
“Barangay officials and employees are no different from the elected and appointed officials and employees of the national and local governments. They are hardworking civil servants who are constantly in touch with their constituents, ever ready to provide leadership and assistance to the members of their respective communities,” Trenas pointed out.
“Despite their indispensable role in public service and governance, these officials and employees are not properly compensated by the government,” Trenas said, because fairness and equity demands that they enjoy GSIS benefits.
He noted that the members of the Civil Service have GSISbenefits, while the self-employed, employees working in the private sector and the Kasambahays have Social Security System (SSS) coverage.
“It is therefore equitable and necessary for our barangay officials and employees to be covered by the GSIS,” Trenas said. (MNS)