By Thelma C. Bicarme
One Luzon E-NewsMagazine
CABARROGUIS, Quirino – The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here approved a resolution strongly supporting the Act Providing for the Welfare of Barangay Tanods, amending for the purpose, section 393 of the Republic Act No. 9160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.
The resolution states that the Barangay Tanod Welfare Act aims to encourage and recognize the barangay tanods in the country for their selfless effort to maintain the peace and tranquility in their communities by granting them benefits in the form of Christmas bonus, insurance coverage, free medical care, and other benefits due them.
Under the Act, Section 393 has been amended as follows: all duly appointed members of the lupong tagapamayapa, which shall number not more than 20 in each barangay, shall be granted insurance or other benefits during their incumbency, chargeable to the barangay, city, or municipal government which the barangay belongs.
A barangay tanod who has rended continuous service for at least one year in the barangay shall, during his incumbency be entitled Christmas bonus equivalent to at least one half of what the punong barangay is receiving, as mandated by law or ordinance.
Other benefits include insurance coverage equivalent to three-fourths of that received by the punong barangay in accordance with RA 6942, free legal services from government lawyers for criminal and civil cases filed against him, arising from acts committed in the performance of his duties, even after the term of the barangay tanod and until the final disposition of the case.
Each barangay tanod is also entitled to 50% percent discount in tuition and matriculation fees for his legitimate and legally adopted children not exceeding four in any state colleges and universities.
Preference in the availment of and/or membership in barangay livelihood development projects shall also be given to them whether these projects are initiated by the national or the local government units.
As of press time, the Act is still pending with the committee on local government unit.#