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The Local Health Board (LHB) passed the resolution endorsing to the city council for deliberation and approval the proposed ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Establishing City Community Volunteer Health Workers/Barangay Health Workers Tacurong City Chapter (CCVHWs/BHWs-TCC), Setting Guidelines For Their Qualifications, And Providing Funds Thereof”on 9th of January, 2014 at the City Mayor’s Office Conference Room.
Patterned after the Republic Act No. 7883 known as the “Barangay Health Workers Benefits and Incentives Act of 1995” which defines the CCVHWs/BHWs as a person who has undergone training programs and is voluntarily renders its health care services to the society, the ordinance seeks to adopt this in the local legislation in order to institutionalize the organization as well as provide appropriate incentives and benefits for the health workers.
The proposed ordinance is authored by Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito who also chairs the SP Committee on Health.
Under the said ordinance, the government recognizes the rights of the CCVHWs/BHWs such as the security of tenure, entitlement of incentives as hazard allowance and subsistence allowance, and the grant of second grade Civil Service Eligibility for those who are already five years in continuous service. It also enables any community volunteer health worker of free legal representation and consultation from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) in cases that may involve their duties at hand.
The ordinance further addresses the hiring process and the assurance in terms of security of tenure of the health workers. It has been clarified in the said document that CCVHWs/BHWs should not be “placed at the mercy of the politicians every time there is a change in administration,” emphasizing that there is a process mandated by law regarding the matter. (Ariesha Faith M. Dimaano – LGU Information)